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Texas Tech Law Welcomes New Director of Development and Donor Relations

September 2016

Karen Holden

A passion for people best explains Karen Holden’s career thus far. Holden started her development career in 2000, and that is where her passion for building relationships and connecting with people was ignited.

A native of Graham, Texas, Holden has been a Lubbock resident since 1986 when she arrived to attend Texas Tech University. For Holden, the term “development” does not embody the true meaning of her job. While she does develop relationships, Holden considers the job to be more about connecting people with a common goal.

“’Development,’ to me, means telling a story and connecting others to a mission in order to further a cause,” Holden said. “A dear friend and development colleague shared this great proverb with me several years ago, and I think it sums up what we do in development very well.  ‘The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the second best time is now.’”

Holden brings eight years of development experience to the role of Director of Development and Donor Relations, but she considers her diverse background in areas like human resource management and sales to be just as beneficial.

“My formal education was in human resource management, and I spent many years working in banking and then for a local non-profit agency before spending nearly ten years working in outside sales,” Holden explained. “Working in development is like bringing the best part of each of those positions into one—providing excellent customer service to our alumni, working with donors to accomplish their philanthropic goals, with an opportunity to build ongoing friendships.”

Holden most recently worked in major-gift fundraising for the Texas Tech University Whitacre College of Engineering. In that role, she worked with individual and corporate donors across Texas and the western United States. With a wealth of experience and knowledge under her belt, Holden is now prepared to further the law school’s goals.

“The law school will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary next fall, which makes for an exciting story to tell and an excellent philanthropic opportunity for our alumni,” Holden said. “Dean Dickerson’s vision for the school and leadership are also what attracted me to the law school. We have a wonderful occasion ahead to build even stronger relationships with our existing donors, and I am looking forward to developing many new ones as we enter the next 50 years of philanthropic success!”

Holden’s passion is undeniable and becomes more obvious as she speaks about the work she does.

“I truly enjoy the work I do,” Holden emphasized, “and I feel it is an honor to help others do great things for their alma mater.”

For more information about giving to Texas Tech Law, contact Karen Holden at 806-834-4910 or at

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