Jim Douglass, associate vice president of the Texas Tech Alumni Association and Dr. Steve Fraze, Texas Tech University Dean of College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources will be the featured speakers for the Winters Area Red Raiders Texas Tech University Night April 27 at the Rock Hotel.

WINTERS - Two distinguished individuals associated with Texas Tech University will be the special guest speakers during the Winters Area Red Raiders Texas Tech University Night slated for April 27 at the Rock Hotel in Winters.

Jim Douglass, who currently serves as associate vice president of the Texas Tech Alumni Association and Dr. Steve Fraze, Texas Tech University Dean of College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources will be the featured speakers for the event. A Meet & Greet reception will be held at 6 p.m. followed by a fajita dinner at 6:30 p.m. Meal donations will be accepted at the door. WARR Scholarship presentations will also be made.

Douglass is a native of San Antonio and has held his position with TTAA since 1979. Prior to that, Jim was the first full-time executive director of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Lubbock agency, a position he held for six years.

At the Alumni Association, Douglass oversees a nation-wide network of alumni chapters, working with over 80 Texas Tech clubs from coast to coast. He also coordinates the Alumni Association's legislative advocacy network, the Vacation Travel program and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) series of classes.

Since October 2004, Douglass has co-hosted Fox Talk in the Morning, a three-hour radio/TV program broadcast Monday through Friday mornings on KJTV-AM Radio in Lubbock.

Fraze became the Interim Dean of Texas Tech University’s CASNR in August 2016, taking the reins with the appointment of Michael Galyean, the former dean as the university’s new interim provost and senior vice-president. A native of Dora, New Mexico, Fraze earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Lubbock Christian College and a master’s degree along with a teaching certificate from Texas Tech. He received his doctorate from Texas A&M University.

Recent awards and honors for Fraze include the American Association for Agricultural Education Outstanding Agricultural Educator Award (2015); National FFA ‘VIP Citation’ (2015); American Association for Agricultural Education Senior Fellow (2014); President, American Association for Agricultural Education (2015-2016); Gamma Sigma Delta Service to Agriculture Award (2005); election to the Texas Tech Teaching Academy (2003), Texas FFA Association Distinguished Service Award (2002) and the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas Distinguished Service Award (2000).

Deb Pritchard, who is a member of WARR, said "Winters is fortunate to host these two Texas Tech representatives for the evening."

WARR would like to promote Texas Tech University to all high school students, their families and members of our community who wish to attend this dinner. Those who wish to attend please RSVP to Gary Kemp at 325-718-8623 or Pritchard at 325-977-0540 no later than April 18.