College of Arts and Sciences Reception to Honor Distinguished Alumni and Faculty

Honorees will include a former U.S. Cabinet member, Texas Supreme Court Judge, NASA flight director and former U.S. Ambassador.

EVENT: The College of Arts and Sciences at Texas Tech University will honor distinguished alumni and faculty at the 2016 Distinguished Alumni, Excellence in Research and Innovative Teaching Awards reception this week.

The ceremony will honor alumni Lauro Cavazos, former U.S. secretary of education and former Texas Tech president; Philip W. Johnson, Texas Supreme Court justice; Ginger Kerrick, NASA flight director; and Tibor P. Nagy, Jr., former U.S. ambassador to Guinea and Ethiopia. Select faculty members also will be recognized for excellence in teaching and research.

W. Brent Lindquist, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said the true measure of a university’s greatness can be found in the achievements of its alumni and faculty.

“The core values of our college, broad knowledge combined with in-depth achievement, strong intellectual and practical skills, empowers individuals and prepares them to deal with complexity, diversity and change,” Lindquist said. “As dean, I am especially proud to inaugurate the recognition of distinguished alumni for lifetime achievement and of faculty for their distinguished research and teaching.”

WHEN: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday (May 5)

WHERE: The Rawls Course, 3720 4th St.

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CONTACT: Toni Salama, senior editor, Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-2761 or

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The Texas Tech University College of Arts & Sciences was founded in 1925 as one of the university’s four original colleges. 

Comprised of 15 departments, the College offers a wide variety of courses and programs in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics and natural sciences. Students can choose from 41 bachelor’s degree programs, 34 master’s degrees and 14 doctoral programs.

With over 10,000 students (8,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate) enrolled, the College of Arts & Sciences is the largest college on the Texas Tech University campus.