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February 2009

Release Date: Feb. 9, 2009ASU Logo

Governor Appoints New Texas Tech System Regents

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Friday, Feb. 6, appointed three new members of the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents, including an Angelo State University graduate.

John Huffaker of Amarillo, Mickey L. Long of Midland and Nancy Neal of Lubbock will take their positions upon confirmation by the Texas State Senate.

“All three are great appointees and will add a lot to our board. I look forward to their leadership,” said Kent Hance, chancellor of the Texas Tech University System. “I’ve known all three for decades. They are all tremendous supporters of our universities. John was a student of mine at Texas Tech. Mickey is an Angelo State University graduate, the first to serve on our board since the school became part of our system. And, Nancy is another long-time friend. She brings a lot of higher education and health care knowledge to her position.”

The terms of the new regents will expire Jan. 31, 2015. The governor appoints nine people in staggered six-year terms to the board plus one student regent who serves a one-year term.

“These new regents are taking office at a time when all three of our universities are making great strides,” said F. Scott Dueser, chairman of the board. “Serving Texas Tech as a member of the board of regents is a tremendous honor. This is an outstanding board. We have worked together very well and are very close personally. I feel good about leaving the board at this point because we have excellent leadership in our current members and these new members are certainly outstanding additions.”

Huffaker is a partner at Sprouse Shrader Smith Law Firm. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Amarillo Bar Association, Texas Association of Bank Counsel and College of the State Bar. He is past chair of the Amarillo College Board of Regents, founding president of the Amarillo Education Foundation and a member of the Texas Tech Law School Foundation Board of Trustees. Huffaker received a bachelor’s degree and law degree from Texas Tech. He replaces Windy Sitton of Lubbock.

Long is president of Westex Well Service LP. He is a member of the Association of Energy Service Companies, Texas Tech University Foundation, Angelo State University Alumni Foundation, Red Raider Club National Board of Directors and Texas Tech Hall of Legacy. Long received a bachelor’s degree from ASU. He replaces Bob Stafford of Amarillo.

Neal is a registered nurse and former school health nurse. She is a past member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, past president of the Lubbock Independent School District Board of Trustees and a member of the American Nurses Association and the Texas Nurses Association. She is also a founding member of the IOTA Chapter of Sigma Theta Nu National Honorary Nursing Sorority, and serves on the Young Women’s Leadership Academy Board of Directors and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Nursing’s Development Committee. Neal received a bachelor’s degree from TTUHSC. She replaces Dueser of Abilene.