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Q & A with President Underwood

Getting to know Texas Tech Alumni Association Board Member and Current President Renée Bergenheier Underwood.

By Jennifer Ritz

In what city do you reside?

Lubbock.

What is your position on the Alumni Association Board?

President.

What was your major and class year at Tech, plus any other degrees you may have earned?

BA Telecommunications, May 1978. Since then, I earned an MBA from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2007 and am working toward a masters in pastoral studies from Loyola University New Orleans.

Where are you employed and what is your position?

I am the Director of Stewardship and Development with the Catholic Diocese of Lubbock.

What are the names of your family members?

  • Husband, David (BBA from Texas Tech in 1981)
  • Son, Ryan, 30, daughter-in-law Mindy and grandkids Kynzlee (4) and Kaden (2).
  • Son, Austin, 25.

All of us are Red Raiders, except the grandkids who are TTAA Legacy Members.

What major activities were you involved as a student at Texas Tech?

  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Mortar Board
  • Panhellenic
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Kappa Tau Alpha-Mass Communications Honor Society
  • Alpha Lambda Delta-Freshman Women’s Honorary

What is one of your fondest memories from your Tech days?

Being tapped for Mortar Board. They came right into my political science class my junior year. It was an honor and a privilege to be one of only 30 seniors selected for that organization.

What is one thing you’ve enjoyed seeing occur recently at Texas Tech?

I have been astounded by the rapid transformation of the university. Living in Lubbock, it’s happened right under my eyes–not only the infrastructure and the physical plant but also the increased numbers of students, staff and faculty can be sensed all over town.

What is your favorite book?

The Bible.

What is your favorite movie?

My all-time favorite movie is “Gone with the Wind.” Scarlett O’Hara’s never-say-die attitude has inspired me all my life.

What are your interests and hobbies?

I love spending time with my children and grandchildren, attending Texas Tech sporting events and traveling. I also enjoy gourmet cooking and fine wines.

What character trait do you value highly in an individual?

Authenticity.

If you could ask five or six people to your home for an evening, who would they be?

Plato, Jesus Christ, Thomas Jefferson, Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa of Calcutta and my dad.