Three Distinguished Alumni Recognized at Annual Awards Dinner

Texas Tech University’s Rawls College of Business honored three distinguished alumni April 17 at its annual alumni recognition awards dinner. 'The Rawls College of Business Distinguished Alumni Award is given to honor graduates who have not only excelled in their profession and distinguished themselves in the business community, but have gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to their alma mater,' Allen McInnes, Dean of Rawls College of Business said. 'This year’s honorees are strongly committed to Texas Tech University and are most deserving of this prestigious recognition.'

Written by Sarah Whetstone


Texas Tech University’s Rawls College of Business honored three distinguished alumni April 17 at its annual alumni recognition awards dinner.

"The Rawls College of Business Distinguished Alumni Award is given to honor graduates who have not only excelled in their profession and distinguished themselves in the business community, but have gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to their alma mater," Allen McInnes, Dean of Rawls College of Business said. "This year’s honorees are strongly committed to Texas Tech University and are most deserving of this prestigious recognition."

The award recognizes some of the college’s most outstanding alumni for significant contributions to society and for their career accomplishments.

Receiving the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Awards are:

G. Randall Andrews, founder and president of GRACO Real Estate Development Inc., is a 1977 accounting graduate. In his career, Andrews has constructed more than 2.5 million square feet of shopping centers, office buildings and net-leased properties in Texas and Colorado. In addition to development, Andrews is involved in the ranching and cattle business.

Ben M. Bruckner Jr., chairman of the board of Bruckner Truck Sales Inc. in Amarillo graduated from Texas Tech in 1953 with a degree in marketing. His current business includes Mack, Volvo and GMC truck distributorships with stores in Amarillo, Lubbock, Ft. Worth, Odessa, Abilene, Wichita Falls and Dallas. He also has opened stores in New Mexico and Oklahoma.

L. Frederick "Rick" Francis earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Texas Tech University in 1978. Francis was appointed to the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents in 2003, and was re-appointed to serve a second term in 2007. He served as chairman of the Board of Regents from Jan. 1, 2005 to May 11, 2007. Today, Francis is chairman of Bank of the West El Paso along with Francis Properties and Francis Holdings, two businesses primarily engaged in family investments.


CONTACT: Crystal White, CER program assistant, (806) 742-3940, crystal.r.white@ttu.edu