FIVE TEXAS TECH FACULTY MEMBERS NAMED HORN PROFESSORS
February 24, 2005
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Date: February 24, 2005
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LUBBOCK – Five Texas Tech University faculty members today were named Horn Professors,
the highest honor they can receive.
The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents awarded the titles to Dr. Vivien
Allen, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences; Dr. Susan Hendrick, Department of Psychology;
Dr. Greg McKenna, Department of Chemical Engineering; Dr. Sunanda Mitra, Department
of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Dr. Marilyn Phelan, School of Law.
The Horn Professorship was established in 1966 to recognize scholarly achievement
and outstanding service to Texas Tech. The honor is named for Texas Tech’s first president
Paul Whitfield Horn. Since its inception, 62 members of the faculty have been appointed
Horn Professors; 25 remain on the faculty.
“These men and women are the best in their fields,” said Jon Whitmore, president of
Texas Tech University. “Horn Professors are valued on our campus not only for their
outstanding academic reputations but also for their contributions to producing the
very best education for our students.”
Allen is the Thornton Distinguished Chair and professor of forage crop management
and utilization in the Department of Soil Sciences. She joined Texas Tech in 1995.
She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Tennessee, Martin, and her master’s
and doctoral degrees from Louisiana State University. Allen has received a variety
of honors and awards from professional and academic organizations including the College
of Agriculture and Natural Sciences Research Award and the American Forage and Grassland
Council Medallion Award.
Hendrick holds dual appointments as a professor in the Department of Psychology and
the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. She joined Texas Tech in 1984.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and her master’s
and doctoral degrees from Kent State University. Hendrick, who is an expert in relationships,
is the recipient of numerous awards including the President’s Academic Achievement
award in 2003. She was inducted into the Texas Tech Teaching Academy in 2002.
McKenna holds the John R. Bradford Chair in Engineering in the Department of Chemical
Engineering. He came to Texas Tech in 1999 and served as chairman of the department
from 2001 to 2004. McKenna earned his bachelor’s degree from the United States Air
Force Academy, his master’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and
his doctorate from the University of Utah. He has received the Society of Plastics
Engineers International Award, the highest honor offered by the association, among
Mitra is a professor in the Texas Tech Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
and an adjunct professor in the Department of Radiology at the Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center. She joined Texas Tech in 1984. Mitra received her bachelor’s
and master’s degrees from Calcutta University, India, and her doctorate from Marburg
University in the Federal Republic of Germany. Among her many awards is the Barnie
E. Rushing Jr. Distinguished Research Award in 2002.
Phelan is the Robert H. Bean Professor of Law in the Texas Tech School of Law. She
joined Texas Tech in 1974. She earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees
from Texas Tech University and her law degree from the University Of Texas. An expert
in taxation, art and museum law, Phelan has received the President’s Excellence in
Teaching Award and the Faculty Research award. She also served as general counsel
for Texas Tech University and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center from