Texas Tech University

Texas Tech Employees, Alumni Honored as Top Twenty Under 40

Glenys Young

October 19, 2021

Four are current faculty and staff members, and nine others are graduates.

Paul Allen Hunton
Paul Allen Hunton

Texas Tech University was well represented in the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce's 2021 Top Twenty Under 40, which honors some of the top up-and-coming individuals in the Lubbock community.

Four of the 20 honorees announced last week currently work at Texas Tech:

    • Paul Allen Hunton, general manager, Texas Tech Public Media (TTPM)

      Hunton oversees the day-to-day operations of two Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member stations and two National Public Radio (NPR) member stations in Lubbock, San Angelo and El Paso. In 2019, he led the strategic merger of TTPM and PBS El Paso, expanding the organization's audience reach to over 1.7 million people in two countries and consolidating resources and infrastructure to build a model rural station for the future. Hunton is the vice chair of Texas PBS and has led various projects and engagement initiatives for the state organization, which is made up of some of the largest market stations in the country. He also is a board member of Vision Maker Media, an organization with a mission to empower and engage native people to help fund and distribute stories by indigenous creators. Hunton is currently serving a three-year term on the PBS board of directors. He earned his master's degree in mass communication and media studies from Texas Tech.

Claire Nevarez
Claire Nevarez
Megan Sunderman
Megan Sunderman

Also honored were the following Texas Tech alumni:

      • Kristin Bingham, department chair and associate professor of biology, South Plains College
Clay Taylor
Clay Taylor
    • Jessie Cayton, teacher, Lubbock Independent School District
  • Jera Gentry, major gifts and campaign manager, UMC Health System
  • Dustin Janssen, pediatric dentist, Parkview Pediatric Dentistry
  • Travis Johnson, research and development specialist, BASF
  • LeAnne Lagasse, human resources and communications consultant, ROI Talent Development
  • Clark Lammert, vice president of investor relations, Madera Residential
  • Christopher Lopez, principal, Lubbock ISD
  • Liz Morgan, studio leader of interiors practice, Parkhill