Team Member Spotlight | Deshun Avery, Senior Advocate, People and Values

With five campuses stretching across 108 counties in West Texas and beyond, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) is a diverse and complex institution, and our success is due in no small part to our exceptional team members. 

At TTUHSC, everyone plays a vital role. Being part of the TTUHSC team means being part of a supportive community where you can grow and thrive in a values-based culture that puts people first. As ambassadors of our mission and culture, our incredible team members go above and beyond every day in exemplifying our values: Beyond Service, Kindhearted, Integrity, One Team, and Visionary. We are excited to share their stories.


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Deshun Avery

Meet Deshun Avery, Senior Advocate, People and Values.

How long have you worked at TTUHSC, and what is your role?
I have worked for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for 15 years, and I am the People and Values Senior Advocate.

How did you come to work at TTUHSC? Can you tell us about your career journey to (or within) our institution?
When I moved back to Lubbock from Austin in 2003, I set my desires on starting a career within TTUHSC. I started my career as a Unit Supervisor in General Services.

What do you enjoy about your work, or what excites you most about your job?
I am excited that my passion and purpose aligned with my career. I really enjoy that I am able to help people work through their obstacles to find success.

Which of the values (One Team, Kindhearted, Integrity, Visionary, and Beyond Service) is most integral to your job or team? Why?
The value that is most integral in my job is Beyond Service. Every day I get a chance to try to create and deliver positive, defining moments. I try to anticipate the needs of each individual and respond with a generous heart, and be solution-oriented. If I can help them create and find their pathway to a win-win resolution, we will all win.

How would you describe the culture at TTUHSC?
I believe we are progressing towards our goal to create a sustainable values-based culture. We are not there yet, but we are on our way.

What do you enjoy most about Lubbock, and what makes you proud to call West Texas home?
What I enjoy most about West Texas is that at the depths of our hearts, we are genuinely kind people that do our best to help each other.

What do you wish more people knew about your team or department, or our institution?
I wish that more people knew that we are really here for them. When we meet, our meeting is about what more we can do to help make TTUHSC better for everyone and ensure that we are the employer of choice.

What most excites you about the future at TTUHSC?
I am most excited to see how our values are leading us in our actions and decisions.

What would you tell people who are considering a position at TTUHSC?
I would tell people that if you are looking for a place to grow personally and professionally where everyone will seek to hold themselves accountable and allow others to hold them accountable, as well, then TTUHSC is the place for you.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
I would share that if you are willing to learn and be teachable, there is no telling what you will be able to accomplish in your career path at TTUHSC.


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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center


Beginning in 1969 as the Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) is now a five-school university with campuses in Abilene, Amarillo, Dallas/Fort Worth, Lubbock, Midland and Odessa.

TTUHSC offers students the opportunity to expand knowledge in programs that are on the forefront of health care education. Our programs and facilities give students the opportunity for hands-on research and clinical experience, and various collaborations with community entities provide students the practical knowledge that is vital to their success.

Almost 50 years since opening, TTUHSC has now trained more than 20,000 health care professionals, and meets the health care needs of more than 2.5 million people in the 108 counties including those in the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico.

Through research, education and patient care, TTUHSC aims to promote a greater health environment for West Texas and beyond. We strive to decrease health disparities for rural populations and improve the health of the community through collaborations with area hospitals and health centers.

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