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Confetti falls as guests applaud remarks by Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance. View more photos
Celebrating a billion-dollar achievement made possible by record contributions, the Texas Tech University System reveled in the successes of Vision & Tradition: The Campaign for Texas Tech with a black tie gala held April 19 at Texas Tech University’s United Spirit Arena.
Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance thanked all donors in attendance for their contributions and noted the broad support that the campaign had received from alumni and supporters.
To date, more than 120,000 donors representing 39 countries and all 50 states have contributed to the campaign. Donations to Vision & Tradition: The Campaign for Texas Tech have provided funding for student scholarships, faculty support, innovative research and the construction of new facilities at each of the institutions across the Texas Tech University System.
The evening’s festivities were underwritten by Texas Tech University alumni Mark and Becky Lanier. Mark Lanier, a graduate of the Texas Tech University School of Law, is the founder and lead litigation counsel of The Lanier Law Firm.
Vision & Tradition: The Campaign for Texas Tech passed its $1 billion goal almost one year ahead of schedule on Feb. 8, 2013. Hance announced that donors have continued their strong show of support by adding an additional $22.7 million to the campaign’s total, which stands at over $1.02 billion.
Hance also recognized campaign leaders, including Kelly Overley Cronin, vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement, and campaign chairmen Jerry S. Rawls, executive chairman of Finisar Corporation, and Edward E. Whitacre Jr., former chairman and CEO of General Motors Company.
Whitacre, who could not attend because of a prior commitment, sent his congratulations in a video message.
System officials will continue to count donations toward the campaign’s total through the end of the system’s fiscal year on Aug. 31, 2013.