Thomas Jay Harris' name appeared in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal more
than 5,000 times.
Now it will appear on the letterhead for Texas Tech's Institute for Hispanic and International Communication.
Officials from the Tech University System announced Wednesday, Sept. 5, that the institute in Tech's College of Media & Communication has been renamed the Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication thanks to a large gift from the former A-J editor's charitable trust.
Don May, a close friend of Harris and a trustee of his estate, said the gift was around $800,000.
"He was a man who was interested in the world," May said. "He understood the importance of students understanding that most of the world was very different from the United States."
The institute promotes student understanding of Hispanic and international media communication through research and community outreach. The gift from Harris' trust will support research and exchange programs. $300,000 will go toward facilitating communication between Tech students and students and faculty in other countries.
At a news conference Wednesday, Chancellor Kent Hance, President M. Duane Nellis and Dean of the College of Media & Communication David Perlmutter said Tech was grateful for the donation.
"With this contribution, Jay's legacy will live on at Texas Tech and is helping advance our efforts to provide a diverse and high-quality education experience," Hance said.
Harris started his career at the A-J in 1938 as a sports writer. After serving in the Air Force during World War II, he returned to become managing editor of the paper's morning edition. He was appointed managing editor of the A-J in 1972.
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