NEW! Presidential Distinguished Alumni Award
This year, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center introduces its inaugural Presidential
Disgintuisghed Alumni Award, the highest honor bestowed to an alumna/alumnus by the
university. This prestigious award recognizes the outstanding achievements of a TTUHSC
Congratulations to our first recipient Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono (’83).
Bono is director of the Defense Health Agency (DHA) at the Defense Health Headquarters
in Falls Church, Virginia. She leads the joint, integrated Combat Support Agency providing
medical services for all military branches to ensure a medically ready military and
a prepared medical force in peacetime and wartime. Bono also oversees the administration
of the TRICARE Health Plan, providing worldwide medical, dental and pharmacy programs
to more than 9.4 million uniformed service members, retirees and their families. Also,
DHA directs the execution of multiple joint shared services including health information
technology, research and acquisition, education and training, public health, medical
logistics, facility management, budget resource management, and contracting. READ MORE
2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients
In 1999, the Office of Alumni Relations began to recognize our alumni to honor their accomplishments and contributions and
to serve as an inspiration to their colleagues and future alumni.
The Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented to those alumni who have achieved a
high level of success in their chosen fields or whose efforts have made a positive
impact on community or humanity, bringing distinction to themselves and to Texas Tech
University Health Sciences Center.
We encourage alumni, faculty, staff and friends to nominate deserving alumni for these awards.
Past Distinguished Alumni Awardees
To learn more about each winner, read their bios.
School of Health Professions
Brent Hester ('03) Carla Mahan ('87) Maj.
Ryan Schmidt ('10) Jason Stark ('99)
School of Medicine
Sue Bornstein ('92) Tom Fogarty ('80)
School of Nursing School
Valerie Kiper ('13) Ruan Reast ('84, '83)
Carlos Alvarez ('04)