Endowed Chair Created In Wildlife Management

Written by Cory Chandler

News Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: April 13, 2006
CONTACT: Cory Chandler, cory.chandler@ttu.edu
(806) 742-2136

LUBBOCK – Texas Tech University’s Department of Range, Wildlife and Fisheries Management announced Thursday the creation of the $1 million Dr. and Mrs. Donald Bricker Chair Endowment in Wildlife Management.

The endowment will fund a chair within the Department of Range, Wildlife and Fisheries Management. Funds generated by the endowment will be used to support teaching, research and outreach programs of the newly named chair holder, Dr. Warren Ballard.

The Brickers’ $500,000 gift was matched from the Regents’ Faculty Endowment Program. The program is part of the university’s goal of recruiting and retaining quality faculty members.

Bricker was chief of staff at Covenant Medical Center-Lakeside and a clinical professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He is currently a cardiovascular surgeon associated with several health care institutions, including Covenant Cardiovascular Surgery and University Medical Center Health System. He was listed among the Texas Super Doctors list in the December 2004 issue of Texas Monthly magazine.

His wife, Sammie Bricker, was a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Tech Medical Foundation from 1990-1999, acting as vice chair for the Lubbock area and serving on the Executive Committee. Both Donald and Sammie are members of the Matador Society, Spur Society and Chancellor’s Council. They continue to support Texas Tech by contributing to the Alumni Association and athletics.

Ballard began his career as a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Tulsa, Okla. He joined Texas Tech as an associate professor in the Department of Range, Wildlife and Fisheries Management in 1998. He has since served as an associate chair of the department and became a professor in 2003.

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Contact: Scott Cooksey, director of development and external relations, (806) 742-2802; scott.cooksey@ttu.edu.