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Archer Foundation Gift for College of Health and Human Services

October 08, 2015

The Academic, Clinical and Student Affairs Committee of the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents has approved changing the name of Angelo State University’s College of Health and Human Services to the “Archer College of Health and Human Services.” The naming becomes official upon approval of the full board on Oct. 9.

The action comes with acceptance of a $5 million gift from the James B. and Lois. R. Archer Charitable Foundation. The Archers made the gift to ASU through their foundation to help expand the facilities that support the health and human services curriculum.

“Lois and I are so happy to be able to give back to the community,” said James Archer, “and we are hopeful that the gift will contribute to the continued growth and development of ASU.”

Dr. Brian J. MayDr. Brian J. MayASU President Brian J. May said, “The Archers’ philanthropy is a terrific statement about their ability to envision the future for our students in health and human services.”

In June, the Texas Legislature and Gov. Greg Abbott approved House Bill 100, which allowed for funding of a new building for the College of Health and Human Services, and the Archer Foundation gift extends funding such that further programs can be added.

Dr. Leslie MayrandDr. Leslie Mayrand“We are so grateful to the Archers for their most generous contribution,” said Dr. Leslie Mayrand, dean of the renamed Archer College of Health and Human Services. “Their gift will have a direct impact on future generations of students who will devote their lives to promoting optimal health for the clients they will serve. We will be able to increase enrollment in our current programs, such as nursing, but we will also have the opportunity to propose new ‘high demand’ programs, such as occupational therapy.”

The Archers, founders of the James B. and Lois R. Archer Charitable Foundation, have lived throughout Texas all their lives. In 1993, they started a new company, Multi-Chem, in their garage in Midland.

In 2004, they moved the headquarters to San Angelo, where they were able to hire the people needed to support the company’s expansion. By 2011, the company had become the fourth-largest oilfield production chemicals company in the world. In October of 2011, they sold the company to Halliburton. 

The Archer Charitable Foundation’s main goal is to improve the welfare of children and the elderly. The foundation has given millions of dollars in grants to local charities, as well as to national organizations. The foundation also works closely with MD Anderson Children’s Hospital, supporting research projects related to pediatric cancer and the Neuro-Degeneration Center, where a cure for Alzheimer’s is being developed.

More details on the foundation are available at http://thearcherfoundation.org/.

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