From the Office of State Senator Troy Fraser

For Immediate Release
September 7, 2006
Contact: Daniel Womack
(512) 463-0124 or (512) 636-6243


Abilene -- State Senator Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay) joined with Abilene community leaders on Thursday in announcing that the new Texas Tech School of Pharmacy in Abilene will receive a three-year grant from the AT&T Foundation totaling $973,072.

"We are thrilled to receive this grant which will help us in achieving our fundraising goals," Fraser said. "The State has recognized a need for additional pharmacists, and the Abilene Community Partners have responded with the financial support for the school to help meet the needs of Abilene and the region."

The Abilene Community Partners, working with Senator Fraser, have been able to raise almost $15 million. These community leaders have donated a building to house the expanded program and raised the necessary funds to subsidize the University's start-up funds through Fiscal Year 2011, including operational costs, property and a new building currently under construction.

"The city is excited to have an additional higher education opportunity here in Abilene," said Mayor Norm Archibald. "We are grateful to the AT&T Foundation for this grant which will help the Abilene Community Partners in their commitment to provide appropriate facilities for the School of Pharmacy."

"The AT&T Foundation is proud to contribute to organizations and programs which enrich quality of life and improve education," AT&T Texas President Jim Epperson said. "This pharmacy school will improve higher education opportunities in this region and will bring additional pharmacists to rural Texas."

"Texas Tech University is excited to be moving into Abilene," said Dr. Arthur Nelson, Dean of the Texas Tech School of Pharmacy. "We appreciate this generous grant from the AT&T Foundation, and we look forward to the opportunity to work with your community to further strengthen Texas Tech Health Science programs and services to the citizens of Abilene and this region."

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board unanimously approved the creation of a pharmacy school for Abilene in January. The school will be a branch of the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and will offer the Doctor of Pharmacy degree with a major in Pharmacy.

The Pharmacy school received high praise from the Higher Education Coordinating Board because of the uniqueness of the Pharmacy proposal. "This unique partnership was one of the reasons we were able get this school approved," Fraser said. "By providing this level of local community support for expanded higher education, the community has shown its overwhelming commitment to the success of this school."

About Abilene Community Partners
The Abilene Community Partners is a group comprised of the City of Abilene, the Economic Development Corporation of Abilene, Hendrick Medical Center, Sears Methodist Retirement System, the Dodge Jones Foundation, the Dian Graves Owen Foundation and the Shelton Family Foundation. The Partners have been instrumental in helping raise the necessary funds to help subsidize the University's start-up funding through Fiscal Year 2011.

About AT&T Foundation
The AT&T Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AT&T Inc., supports programs that build communities and improve access to information technologies, technology training and professional skills development. The Foundation will provide more than $60 million in 2006 in charitable contributions, thereby, placing it among the top five largest corporate foundations in the country.