LUBBOCK - Karen P. Tandy, administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, has been named the 2004 Outstanding Alumna by the Texas Tech University School of Law.

A reception/dinner and program honoring her will take place at 7 p.m. Friday at the Merket Alumni Center in the Texas Tech campus. Media availability will begin at 6:15 p.m.

Tandy is a graduate of Texas Tech and a 1977 graduate of the Texas Tech School of Law.

“I am tremendously honored to receive this award from my alma mater,” Tandy said. “The outstanding education I received at Texas Tech University and the School of Law prepared me well to take leadership in our nation’s important fight against illegal drugs. I would not be where I am today without the challenging course of study and the discipline and integrity the university cemented in me, for which I am forever grateful.”

Tandy was confirmed as administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency on July 31, 2003. Prior to becoming DEA administrator, Tandy was associate attorney general and director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

Walt Huffman, dean of the Texas Tech School of Law, said he is pleased to be able to honor Tandy.

“Karen has been an outstanding representative of our law school throughout her career,” he said. “Her appointment as the first woman to head a federal law enforcement agency is both a historic achievement for our nation and an event that reflects great credit on her and on our law school.”