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Chancellor's Colonel Rowan Award for Execution

The Chancellor's Colonel Rowan Award for Execution is based on "A Message to Garcia," a piece of literature published by the Action Foundation.  The story recalls President William McKinley's need to get an urgent message to General Calixto Garcia, who was leading an insurgent force against Spanish troops in Cuba.  However, no one was sure of Garcia's exact location, other than the mountains of Cuba.  The President summoned Colonel Andrew Rowan and gave him a sealed pouch with one simple command: "Get that message to Garica."

Four days later, Rowan reached shore in Cuba.  After three weeks, he emerged from the jungle having successfully delivered the message to Garcia.  Colonel Rowan did not procrastinate or put together a committee to determine the best way to deliver the message.  He simply executed the task he was given.

All nominators are encouraged to read "A Message to Garcia," which is available on the Action Foundation's website at

The Chancellor's Colonel Rowan Award for Execution recognizes an individual who has one or more years of service with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.  This award is given to an individual who demonstrates the ability to execute and follow-up with important projects.  The individual should also demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Accomplishes an objective quickly and efficiently with minimal oversight;
  • Accepts clearly communicated assignments with minimal instructions;
  • Asks the right questions first so he or she can seek precise answers;
  • Prepares plans with goals, milestones, and deadlines;
  • Asks for resources or help when needed;
  • Reports back and shows work; and
  • Under-promises and over-delivers.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Individual has one or more years of continuous service with TTUHSC.
  • Individual has a current performance evaluation on file with Human Resources and received an overall rating of 5.0 or above.
  • Individual has not received a disciplinary action within the previous twelve months.
  • Individual has completed all required EEO and HIPPA training.
  • Individual has not received a Distinguished Staff Award in the past five years.  (The Quality Service Awards will be used as a basis for eligibility until a five year history has been established for the Distinguished Staff Awards.)


Each recipient receives:

$1,500 award

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Chancellor's Colonel Rowan Award for Execution Nomination Form