TTUHSC — A Texas-based nonprofit charged with developing the state’s next generation of top leaders has selected a vice president from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso to join its ranks.

Andrea Tawney, Ph.D., vice president of the Office of Institutional Advancement, has been selected for the Class of 2022 for the Texas Lyceum Board of Trustees. The Texas Lyceum was established in 1980 to identify talented young leaders in Texas and provide a civil and constructive forum for addressing issues facing the state. Notable Lyceum alumni include President George W. Bush and many Texans who have been elected to crucial positions, such as Governor and Congress.

Each year, through a highly competitive process, the Lyceum selects new trustees to serve two three-year terms on its 96-member board. Dr. Tawney was one of 16 directors chosen for the Class of 2022, and the only one from the El Paso area, because of the role she plays in leading impactful community change and growing partnerships and resources that advance the future of healthcare.

“It is an honor to serve alongside current board members and those who have led the way in improving our communities across Texas and especially our Borderland,” Dr. Tawney said. . “I look forward to developing partnerships and learning from leaders in various industries.”

The Lyceum strives to address key issues facing Texas through discussions, lectures, and the training of future leaders through college-level scholarship and scholarship programs. The inclusion of Dr. Tawney ensures that TTUHSC El Paso and the Borderland will have a champion on the board who can voice the needs and concerns of the community.

According to the Texas Lyceum website, “The concept of the Lyceum suggests that for Texas to survive and thrive, we must develop an agenda and muster the will of its citizens to carry it out. To do this, Texans must be educated about the choices they face in nonpartisan, apolitical forums of depth and integrity that involve all institutions of the state, public and private.

As vice president of the Office of Institutional Advancement, Dr. Tawney oversees fundraising operations as well as marketing and communications for TTUHSC El Paso and Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso. She is a US Air Force veteran and has worked in higher education for 18 years. Dr. Tawney earned a Ph.D. in higher education from Texas Tech University, with a focus on predictors of first-generation student academic achievement.

“As past president and president of the Texas Lyceum, we are thrilled to have Andrea Tawney join our 2022 trustee class,” said Lyceum board alumnus Renard U. Johnson, a colleague of El Pasoan and owner of Management and Engineering Technologies International Inc. (METI). “She will now be one of 96 leaders in the entire great state of Texas and will be the only female director selected to represent El Paso for this year’s promotion.”

TTUHSC El Paso is the only health sciences center on the US-Mexico border and serves 108 West Texas counties that have been historically underserved. It is one of only two health science centers in the nation designated as Hispanic institutions serving Title V, grooming the next generation of healthcare heroes, 48% of whom identify as Hispanic.

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