Texas Tech University

Former System Regent Aids in Establishing Rawls College Professorship

George Watson

September 4, 2015

John Walker is a 1968 graduate of Texas Tech University who served three years on the Board of Regents.

John Walker
John Walker, Texas Tech alumnus and former Board of Regents member.

Texas Tech University alumnus and former Board of Regents member John Walker donated $400,000 to establish the John B. Walker Professorship in the Rawls College of Business.

The professorship will be granted to a Rawls College faculty member who participates in cutting-edge research and supports professional development.

"This Professorship will help the Rawls College recruit and retain great professors, who will, in turn, attract great students," Walker said. "Education is one of the most powerful things in the world, and I'm fortunate to have the ability to help make an impact."

Walker is Chief Executive Officer of EnerVest, Ltd., based in Houston. EnerVest is one of the 25 largest oil and gas companies in the U.S. with more than 36,000 wells across 15 states, 6 million acres under lease and $11 billion in assets under management.

He earned his bachelor's degree in finance from Texas Tech in 1968, graduating cum laude. He served three years on the Texas Tech Board of Regents after he was appointed by former Gov. Rick Perry in 2012. In addition to his time on the Board of Regents, Walker has served as an emeritus member of the Rawls College's advisory board.

Walker has a lifelong commitment to learning, and the newly established professorship will help ensure continued student success.
"John Walker's beliefs are reflective of those we instill in our students: hard work, integrity and humility," said Lance Nail, dean of the Rawls College of Business. "He is the model of what all Rawls students should strive to be, and this professorship is another example of his dedication to our college and Texas Tech University as a whole."