New Members Nominated to Texas Tech Foundation Board
August 7, 2008
Nominations for John W. Carpenter III, J. Michael Lewis, Alejandra de la Vega Foster,
Ebtesam Attaya Islam and Mickey Long approved by Board of Regents.
The appointment of five new members to the Texas Tech Foundation Board of Directors
received approval Aug. 7 from the Board of Regents.
The nominations included John W. Carpenter III and J. Michael Lewis, both of Dallas,
Alejandra de la Vega Foster of El Paso, Ebtesam Attaya Islam of Lubbock and Mickey
Long of Midland.
“These five men and women bring a wealth of experience to the foundation board,”
said Kelly Overley, chief operating officer of the foundation and vice chancellor
of institutional advancement for the system. “We have a student and four successful
business people. Their unique perspectives will strengthen our board and enable the
foundation to continue to support the programs that create an excellent academic
experience for students at each of our universities.”
The foundation’s board must now approve the nominations. The new directors would
serve four-year terms beginning Sept. 1 if approved.
The Texas Tech Foundation Inc. was established in 1939 and provides volunteer leadership
to facilitate institutional advancement programs and assist with fundraising activities,
stewardship and major capital campaigns for the system.
John W. Carpenter III
is chairman of the board, CEO and president of Lachlan Alliance, a development and
investment company. He graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in business
administration and he earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
J. Michael Lewis
is senior financial executive for Wellspring Royalties Ltd./Olympia Royalty Ltd.,
a private partnership which purchases oil and gas mineral interests in Texas, Oklahoma
and Louisiana. He also is president of San Jacinto Pty. Ltd., a private investment
firm focused on the development of medium-density housing in Sydney, Australia. He
graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s of business administration degree and
earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Alejandra de la Vega Foster
is president of Almacenes Distribuidores de la Frontera, a convenience store chain
with 189 stores, and is a franchisee, owner and operator of 10 Domino’s Pizza stores
in Juarez, Mexico. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Tecnologico de Monterrey in
Ebtesam Attaya Islam
, a third-year medical student at the Health Sciences Center, recently completed
a one-year term as a student regent on the Board of Regents. She earned a bachelor’s
degree from Texas Tech and a doctorate in cell and molecular biology from the Health
is president of Westex Well Services LLP. The company works exclusively for Occidental
Petroleum Corp., a leading oil and natural gas exploration and production company.
He graduated from Angelo State University in 1976.