Dr. Lew Hunnicutt
Assistant Provost and Campus Director, Griffin Campus
Dr. Lew Hunnicutt was born in Amarillo, Texas, on March 3, 1963. He spent the first 18 years of his life in and around the rural northwestern Texas Panhandle town of Channing. He began his collegiate career at West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M University) in the Spring of 1982. From the time he began college, he knew he wanted to go into the teaching field somehow. He at first had aspirations of being a coach, next a geologist, but then finally settled on what he knew and loved: the field of agriculture. He transferred to Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX, where he completed his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in 1986. He liked the area so well that he stayed on and obtained the Master of Science Teaching Degree in General Agriculture (1987). Having caught the teaching bug completely while at Tarleton, he transferred to New Mexico State University to pursue a full Master of Science degree. He completed the M.S. in Animal Science in 1989. From there, he knew that to teach at the university level he needed to obtain the elusive Ph.D. Degree. With that in mind, he loaded up his pickup and all the warm clothes he had and transferred to the University of Wyoming. While there, and with nothing better to do he guesses, he completed the Master of Science in Reproductive Biology in 1993. He then completed the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Animal Science in 1994.
It then became obvious that he had more degrees than a thermometer: He had a B.S., an M.S.T., 2 M.S.’s, and a Ph.D. It now became apparent that he now needed a J.O.B.! He applied for and received an Assistant Professor position at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA, where he taught for almost 2 years. During that time, he learned a vast amount about teaching at the university level. He also ate lots of the best food in the world and gained about 40 pounds!! While at McNeese State, he took a club he sponsored (Block & Bridle) to a meeting in San Marcos, TX, at Southwest Texas State University (SWT, now Texas State University). The campus and 4,200-acre ranch were both amazing. Hating to leave Louisiana but wanting to get back to Texas, he applied for and received an Assistant Professor position at SWT. His tenure there lasted 4 years and was a wonderful learning and teaching experience.
While at SWT, he took a class on a tour to a place called Bamberger Ranch. It was, and still is, an amazing property in the Texas Hill Country. One of the worst pieces of property in the country was transformed into one of the best via good land stewardship practices. After meeting the Bambergers and being inspired by the ranch, he began volunteering for their educational programs. One thing led to another, and before you know it, they offered him the job of Director of Stewardship Education and Research. He willingly took the job and spent the next two years doing some of the hardest, but most meaningful work of his life.
In 2003, his father was diagnosed with lung cancer. This was a great eye-opener for the entire family. He knew at that time he needed to get closer to his boyhood home. To that end, he began looking for positions in the Panhandle of Texas. Having family in Perryton had allowed him to see the town and the surrounding area several times in the past. He liked it from the first time he saw it. It had a small-town, friendly atmosphere with no big-city bustle. It offered almost all of the services you find in a big city, but you didn’t have to live in a big city to get them, something that appealed to him greatly. Shortly after he decided he needed to move closer to home, his family told him of a “ground floor” opportunity in Perryton as the Director of a new branch campus being planned by Frank Phillips College - Borger. He jumped at the chance and applied for the job and was fortunate enough to be chosen for the position in November of 2003. In March 2005, he was promoted to Dean of the Perryton Campus and in August 2005 made the move to the newly completed Allen Campus. In 2011, he was promoted to Vice President of Extended Services. With that position came the additional challenges of creating and overseeing a second satellite campus for the college in Dalhart and creating and overseeing an Extended Education team in Perryton, Borger, and Dalhart to conduct workforce training and community classes/events throughout the college’s service area. In 2015, he was selected by the University of Georgia to be Assistant Provost and Griffin Campus Director. He packed up all of his belongings and made the 1,000-mile move East and began that position on November 2.