Department of Psychology Receives Endowed Professorship, Faculty Excellence Endowment

Estate of former alumnus supports psychology at Texas Tech.

Texas Tech University officials have announced the establishment of the John G. Skelton Jr. Regents Endowed Professorship in Psychology in the amount of $500,000.

Also, officials announced the $96,000 John G. Skelton Jr. Psychology Faculty Excellence Endowment.

The announcement took place at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday (April 17) during a news conference at the Board of Regents Room in the Administration Building, No. 1 Memorial Circle.

"This endowment provides the opportunity for the Department of Psychology to bring in a nationally recognized leader in counseling, clinical and health service psychology," said David Rudd, chairman for the department. "We hope to bring in someone that cuts across traditional boundaries – someone who can help us bridge the gap between traditional academic departments and those in applied medical centers and health science centers. The net result we hope is someone with a research program that helps solidify our relationship with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center."

A $346,000 donation from the estate of the San Antonio psychologist, who earned a doctorate in psychology from Texas Tech in 1967, created the professorship and a faculty excellence endowment.

The professorship is part of the Regents Faculty Endowment Program. The goal of the program is to recruit and retain quality faculty members. Of Skelton’s donation, $250,000 was matched with existing university funds to create the named professorship.

The remaining $96,000 created the John G. Skelton Jr. Psychology Faculty Excellence Endowment, which will help enhance psychology department faculty research.

"We appreciate Dr. Skelton’s desire to give back to his university," said Kent Hance, Texas Tech University System chancellor. "This endowed professorship not only honors faculty, but also emphasizes research in the area of psychology."

A national search will begin soon for a faculty member to fill the position.

"Texas Tech is poised to increase its level of influence on a national scale," said Texas Tech President Jon Whitmore. "Progress toward superior academic standing must begin with a commitment to our faculty. This faculty endowment program will allow us to recruit and retain an excellently qualified professors and researcher."