Academy of Distinguished Alumni

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Image Caption #1: Texas Tech University - Lubbock, Texas At Texas Tech University (TTU), Haragan has served as Professor, Department Chair, Dean, Provost and President since 1969, the same year he completed his doctoral studies in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas. One his proudest accomplishments of university president was creating and growing the TTU Honors College.
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Image Caption #2: Wind Tunnel - Lubbock, Texas Haragan founded the Atmospheric Science Program in 1970 and was instrumental in the creation of the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center at Texas Tech. Over the years, testing at the center has included wind-induced vibration of cables on cable-stayed bridges, traffic signal support structures and evaluation of wind loading on sign structures.

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Donald R. Haragan

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1969
M.S., Texas A&M University
B.S., University of Texas at Austin, 1959

Upon attaining his doctorate, he embarked on a new stage in his career. In 1969, he moved to Lubbock to accept an assistant professor position in the geosciences department of Texas Tech Univeristy. For the next three decades, he climbed steadily through the ranks, academically and administratively. Prior to becoming the university’s president, he held the successive posts of professor and chair of geosciences; associate dean and interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, vice president for academic affairs and research, and executive vice president and provost.

Dr. Haragan has served as president of the Southwest and Rocky Mountain division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; as an academic consultant with the U.S. Information Agency; as chair of the academic affairs committee for the commission on international affairs of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges; and, in 1988, was one of two U.S. representatives to the International Conference on University Governance in Ankara, Turkey. He has also served as chairman of the formula advisory committee for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and on a number of advisory councils related to higher education in Texas.

In retirement, he continues to serve Texas Tech University in a variety of roles.