Four Texas Tech University alumni were honored Sept. 16 by the College of Media & Communication at the college's annual Outstanding Alumni and Hall of Fame dinner.
Bill Marcy, who has three engineering degrees from Texas Tech, was inducted into the college's Hall of Fame. Marcy, who was the university's provost and senior vice president of academic affairs from 2003 to 2008, recommended and supported the creation of the College of Mass Communications. The Board of Regents subsequently approved the proposal.
Dean David Perlmutter said he is glad the college was able to publicly recognize Marcy's impact on the college's faculty, staff and students.
The College of Media & Communication's Outstanding Alumni for 2016 are Donna Huerta, Sheri Mudd and Joel West.
"Our Outstanding Alumni recipients are living testaments to the robustness and versatility of the communications degree within our college," Perlmutter said.
Huerta earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Texas Tech in 1984 and has spent the bulk of her career working in communications for various municipalities and transportation entities in Texas. She served as the first public information officer/communication director for the North Texas Tollway Authority. Huerta is the public information officer for the Texas Department of Transportation.
Mudd earned a bachelor's degree in public Relations from Texas Tech in 2001 and a master's degree in mass communications in 2002. She began her career in broadcast media as an account executive at KLBK-TV and KAMC-TV in 2007, becoming the KAMC local sales manager in 2012. Mudd also is an active community member, working with non profits including the American Cancer Society, Make-A-Wish North Texas and March of Dimes.
West graduated with his bachelor's degree in public relations in 1989 and with a master's degree in mass communications in 1993. He began his career in the commercial printing industry. West also worked for the college, aiding in academic and commercial communication research. West is the national sales manager for KAMC-TV and KLBK-TV in Lubbock.
The College of Media & Communication's Outstanding Alumni Awards program began in 1981 to recognize alumni who have made significant contributions to the field of communications. The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have contributed to quality education in the college. They may or may not be alumni of the program.
Award recipients were selected by a committee of students, faculty, and alumni appointed by Perlmutter.