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Chancellor's Council Members Recognized for Decades of Commitment

Chancellor's Council provides support for all four universities of the Texas Tech University System.

May 18, 2015 | Written by Jaryn Kilmer

Chancellor Robert L. Duncan recognized a special group of Texas Tech University System supporters during the May Board of Regents meeting. Eight individuals who have been members of the Chancellor’s Council for more than 40 years were presented a token of appreciation for their dedicated service. 

“I can’t over emphasize the important role the Chancellor’s Council plays in helping the Texas Tech University System achieve its goals, and these individuals have been among our most loyal supporters,” Duncan said. “They have a keen awareness of what it means to create a culture of philanthropy, and we are truly grateful for their loyalty to the Texas Tech University System.” 

The Chancellor’s Council members recognized were: 

Mary and W.R. Collier

Mary & W.R. Collier 

Mary & W.R. Collier joined the Council in 1972. W.R. Graduated from Texas Tech University in 1961 with a degree in agricultural economics and is a former director of the Texas Tech Foundation. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus by the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources in 1988. 



Beverly Pevehouse 

Beverly and her late husband B.J. (Joe) Pevehouse joined the Council in 1971. Joe graduated from Texas Tech University in 1948 with a bachelor’s degree in geoscience. He served as chairman of the TTU System Board of Regents and director of the Texas Tech Foundation and was also named a Distinguished Alumnus by Texas Tech Alumni Association. Beverly’s daughter-in-law, Sylvia Pevehouse, a graduate of Angelo State University, and granddaughter, Katie Jo Pevehouse, a student at Texas Tech University, attended on Beverly’s behalf.


J. Owen and Francine Gilbreath 

Serving the Chancellor’s Council for more than 46 years, both Owen and Francine hold degrees from Texas Tech University. Owen earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 1943 and is a past president of the Texas Tech Foundation. Francine earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology in 1946. 


Joe and Ann Horkey

Joe and Ann Horkey 

Joe and Ann Horkey joined the Chancellor’s Council in 1968. Joe is a former chairman of the Texas Tech Foundation and also a former member of the College of Human Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council.


Jane P. Kuykendall 

Jane and her late husband, Roger L. Kuykendall, have supported the Chancellor’s Council for more than 48 years. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in general business in 1942, and Roger attended Texas Tech University and served as a former director of the Texas Tech Foundation. A former Texas Tech University cheerleader, Jane performed the splits during a nationally televised Texas Tech football game in 2013 at age 92 and is the longest serving member of the Chancellor’s Council.


Originally created as the President’s Council in 1967 by Texas Tech University President Grover E. Murray, the Council provided the university a way to recognize donors who played an integral role in leading the university to accomplish its highest goals. Renamed and expanded in 1996 with the establishment of the Texas Tech University System, the Chancellor's Council continues to play a vital part in creating opportunities at all four component institutions.

“The generosity of the Chancellor’s Council allows us to recognize outstanding faculty members and research and to provide scholarship support for our students,” Duncan said. “Their collective vision has helped to breathe life into the TTU System, and we look forward to the next forty years together.” 

Today, the Chancellor's Council provides leadership support for Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Angelo State University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. The Chancellor's Council funds student scholarships, faculty awards and top scholar recruitment, while recognizing the donors who support the great things happening throughout the TTU System. 

About the Texas Tech University System 
The Texas Tech University System is one of the top public university systems in Texas and the nation, consisting of four component institutions—Texas Tech UniversityTexas Tech University Health Sciences CenterAngelo State University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso—and operating at more than 12 academic sites and centers.  Headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, the TTU System has an annual operating budget of $1.7 billion and approximately 17,000 employees focused on advancing higher education, health care, research and outreach. 

In 2014, the TTU System’s endowment exceeded $1 billion, total research expenditures were approximately $200 million and total enrollment approached 47,000 students. Whether it’s contributing billions of dollars annually in economic impact or being the only system in Texas to house an academic institution, law school, and medical school at the same location, the TTU System continues to prove that anything is possible.