Gifts to Texas Tech System Advance Scholarship, Research and Patient Care Across Universities

Recognizing philanthropy’s significance to each of its universities, the Texas Tech University System concluded a successful year fundraising gifts to advance excellence and innovation.

“Philanthropy provides a crucial foundation for the future growth and success of our universities,” said Chancellor Robert Duncan. “The Texas Tech University System’s momentum is driven by the generosity of our donors, and we are grateful for the investments they continue to make in the life-changing work of our universities.”

Gifts received during the 2017 fiscal year, which ended August 31, supported the academic missions of all four of the system’s universities, including:

  • Recognizing the global impact of Texas Tech University’s meat science program, gifts totaling $2.75 million from ag industry leaders Teys Australia and Cargill supported meat science research and creating a new endowed professorship in meat science in the College of Animal Sciences & Natural Resources.
  • Empowering Angelo State University to recruit top faculty and support their academic scholarship, a $1 million gift from the James A. ‘Buddy’ Davidson Foundation created a new endowed faculty chair in physical therapy in the Archer College of Health and Human Services.
  • Providing for the future of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Sue S. Bornstein, M.D., and Alexandra J. Gillepsie, M.D., committed a significant gift from their wills to establish an endowed fund to be used at the dean’s discretion to advance and grow the School of Medicine.
  • Improving lives in one of our nation’s most underserved health care areas, a $6 million gift from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation invested in the new Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine, Texas’ first dental school built in 50 years that will enable Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso to address a severe shortage of dental care for 2.7 million residents of the El Paso border region.

Support from individual alumni, friends and corporate partners exceeded $145.4 million for the year, furthering the Texas Tech University System’s pursuit of bold ideas that change student lives, foster new discoveries, spur economic growth and make a global impact. The year-end finish is the system’s fourth consecutive year of securing more than $140 million in annual support to benefit its universities.

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