Wednesday afternoon, Governor Greg Abbott announced three appointments he made to the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents.

One of the appointments is a familiar name to those in Lubbock political circles. Mark Griffin, who previously served as a regent from 2005-2009, is now back on the board 10 years later. Griffin resigned from the Board of Regents in 2009 when he supported Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson's gubernatorial campaign against then-Governor Rick Perry.

The other two appointments to the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents are Ginger Kerrick, of Webster, and Dusty Womble, of Lubbock.

Complete press release from Governor Abbott:

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Ginger Kerrick, Mark Griffin, and Dusty Womble to the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents for terms set to expire on January 31, 2025.

Ginger Kerrick of Webster is the Flight Integration Division Chief for NASA, Johnson Space Center, and has served in other various roles and capacities in human space flight training and operations over 27 years. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, volunteer coordinator for Triumphant Tails, Inc. and is the annual emcee for the Galveston Polar Plunge benefitting Special Olympics. Kerrick received a Bachelor of Science in physics and a Master of Science in physics from Texas Tech University.

Mark Griffin of Lubbock is general counsel of Rip Griffin Truck Service Center, Inc., and serves as president of Pro Petroleum, Inc. He is a member of the Texas Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, State Bar of Texas and the Lubbock County Bar Association, director of the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance, and former director Plains Capital Bank. He is a former board member of Covenant Health System and the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, and a former trustee of Lubbock Independent School District. Griffin received a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor degree from Texas Tech University School of Law.

Dusty Womble of Lubbock manages multiple private businesses and real estate holdings, and is a board member and former Executive Vice President of Tyler Technologies. He is a member of the Rawls Business School Advisory Board, and the Texas Tech Foundation Board and its Executive Board. He currently serves on the boards of TRUNO, Inc. and Lubbock Christian School. Womble received a Bachelor of Business Administration in management information systems from Texas Tech University.