Community leaders in El Paso, Texas, had been discussing the need for a medical school for five years when David Porras survived a major heart attack.
Despite his wife’s suggestion that he retire, Porras felt his community was close to making their medical school dream a reality, and he wanted to help.
Texas Tech wasn’t far behind.
Committed to building a four-year medical school in El Paso, the Texas Tech University System secured the Texas Legislature’s approval and established the state’s first new medical school in 30 years.
Porras committed to a $10,000 gift as a way to invest in the fledgling medical school, create education opportunities for young El Pasoans and give back to Texas Tech.