Texas Tech ag receives the biggest giveaway in school history
Texas Tech University on Wednesday announced the largest philanthropic donation received in the school’s history — and one of the largest investments in people and programs at an agricultural college in the nation.
Gordon W. Davis, a Lubbock businessman who spent 10 years as an associate professor at the college, and his wife, Joyce, donated $44 million to rename the Gordon W. Davis College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources and additional support a program he helped bring into the national spotlight.
The gift will fund three areas within the college, including a $25 million endowment that will directly benefit the college, and $4 million to create the Gordon and Joyce Davis Endowment for Excellence in Meat and Vegetable Science. ‘food. The remaining gift of $15 million from the estate of Gordon W. Davis will benefit future educational efforts within the college.
In his remarks, Davis fondly recalled teaching his last class at Texas Tech in the spring of 1990, recalling telling his students the importance of giving back.
“I think agriculture is a sleeping giant. We are here in West Texas – one of the great agricultural regions in the whole world. We have great alumni from across the country, especially from Texas, who love college and love the agriculture education they received at Texas Tech,” Davis said. “So why wouldn’t we want to do this and improve it more and more?” The sleeping giant comes true and becomes one of the leading agricultural science colleges in the world.
To honor this generosity, Texas Tech is renaming the college Gordon W. Davis College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, said Tech President Lawrence Schovanec.
Schovanec recalled that as a faculty member, Davis was very involved with students and helped develop the university’s now-legendary team of meat judges.
But his impact far beyond that when he started his own business and stayed connected to college.
“Gordon is synonymous with victory and excellence, and because of his success as a businessman, he made a very important investment,” Schovanec said. He presented a very clear plan and vision of the excellence he wants us to strive for.
Schovanec added that Davis has a deep connection to this university and to the agricultural industry. He said Tech was very lucky to have chosen the university as the school for this investment.
Schovanec said this donation will provide a tremendous resource to support students, university programs and to enhance research.
“This is the biggest investment at any given time — especially in agriculture — and it sends a nationwide message that the technology is going to compete at the highest level,” Schovanec said.
Cindy Akers, acting dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, said the college has maintained its culture and family atmosphere even as it grows, and she thanked the Davis family for investing in them.
“We take this investment with honor, with pride and with the seriousness it deserves, so thank you on behalf of our college,” Akers said.
About Gordon W. Davis
Davis, who earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science and education from Washington State University and a doctorate in meat science from Texas A&M University, spent his early career as an instructor and faculty member in several colleges, according to a press release from Tech. He started as a high school instructor in the late 1960s and later served as an instructor at Texas A&M while completing his master’s and doctoral requirements. He then spent three years on the faculty at the University of Tennessee and 10 years at Texas Tech. In 1990, he left to enter the private sector.
While in academia, he coached two national championship meat judging teams, at Texas A&M in 1973 and Texas Tech in 1989 – this would be the first of what are now 16 national meat judging championships at Lubbock. .
Recognizing the need for improved teaching materials, Davis entered the corporate world in 1984 and established CEV Multimedia, which began by producing multimedia textbooks for the curriculum. Today, the iCEV develops online curricula, educational materials and certification tests in vocational and technical education (CTE) for agricultural sciences; architecture, construction, transportation and manufacturing; business, marketing, finance, information technology and media; career exploration; family and consumer sciences; Health Sciences; law, public safety, correction and security; and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Last month, West Texas A&M University in Canyon announced that Davis had pledged $3.75 million towards the addition of two new department chairs at WT’s Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences.