Texas Tech Receives Significant Endowment to Recruit Researchers
January 20, 2009
A $7.5 million gift announced Jan. 16 from the J. F Maddox Foundation to create the
Donovan Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair, gives Texas Tech University an advantage
in its goal of leading the nation in energy solutions.
The new chair, in tribute and memory of Donovan Maddox, honors his life-long connection
to and commitment to Texas Tech. The endowment, along with the existing Jack Maddox
Distinguished Engineering Chair, will be used to recruit two nationally recognized
researchers, initially in energy-related fields.
"Texas Tech's Whitacre College of Engineering has an unprecedented opportunity to
attract excellent individuals with the Maddox Chairs, to establish strong research
capabilities, enhance teaching, and to gain exceptional national visibility with these
candidates," said Guy Bailey, president of the university.
Kent Hance, chancellor of the Texas Tech University System, thanked the Maddox Foundation
for its gift and continued support of the university.
"We appreciate all that the Maddox Foundation has done for Texas Tech University.
Gifts like this allow us to continue our growth and maintain our leadership position
in engineering research and development."
With each Maddox chairholder bringing teaching and research capabilities in distinctive
fields related to energy, the two Maddox Chair appointees could have a tremendous
impact on Texas Tech's national reputation, while also attracting additional faculty
members who will establish distinct, but complementary, areas of research excellence,
said Pam Eibeck, dean of engineering.
"Having two large endowed chairs like the Maddox Chairs available at once is extraordinary,
and the individuals that we attract at this time will enable us to position ourselves
as a key player in providing energy solutions," Eibeck said.
Jack and Mabel Maddox established the J. F Maddox Foundation in 1963 to serve the
citizens of southeastern New Mexico.
Donovan, the younger brother of Jack Maddox, was a 1934 Textile Engineering graduate
who served as Texas Tech's Student Government Association president in 1931-32. He
was named a Distinguished Engineer in 1971 and a Texas Tech Distinguished Alumnus
in 1972. Donovan was selected by the Texas Tech Alumni Association to receive the
Lauro F. Cavazos Award in 1988. He served as president of the J. F Maddox Foundation
from Jack's death in 1978 until 1990. Additionally, Donovan made certain that the
first major grant by the Maddox Foundation after the settlement of Jack's estate in
the early 1980s be made to create Texas Tech's Jack Maddox Distinguished Engineering
Chair, in honor of Jack.
Jack and Donovan Maddox both majored in Textile Engineering, both served as Student
Government Association presidents, and were recognized as Distinguished Engineers
and as Distinguished Alumni.
Donovan, who died in 1993, had a long and successful career as a textile executive,
primarily in Gastonia, N.C. He succeeded Jack as chairman and CEO of New Mexico Electric
Service Co. and related entities in Hobbs, N.M. in 1978.
The J. F Maddox Foundation, a nonprofit corporation based in Hobbs, is governed by
a board of directors primarily composed of Donovan Maddox's two sons, Don and Jim,
and their children.
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