June 27, 2014


quail endowment

Friends of John B. Poindexter have raised over $250,000 to establish an Endowment for Desert Quail Research at the Borderlands Research Institute at Sul Ross State University. (From left) Nelson Puett (of Nelson Puett Foundation), Roswell Vaughan, Poindexter, and Dennis Murphee are pictured during the check presentation, made May 29, 2014 at the Coronado Club in Houston during a luncheon in Poindexter’s honor. (Photo Courtesy Louis Harveson)

The Borderlands Research Institute (BRI) for Natural Resource Management at Sul Ross State University was recently awarded $255,000 to establish the John B. Poindexter Endowed Fund for Desert Quail Research.

Dennis Murphree and Roswell “Sandy” Vaughan, Poindexter’s longtime friends, organized the covert fundraising effort over the course of several months.  The fundraising effort culminated on May 29 at a luncheon at the Coronado Club in Houston, where Vaughan and Murphree presented Dr. Louis Harveson, BRI director, with the $255,000 check.

“Over 70 of John’s friends chose to honor him in this way. I have been completely overwhelmed by the generosity and love that John’s friends displayed on his behalf,” Harveson said.

“I am honored to have John’s name on the new endowment, as John has been a wonderful friend to the Borderlands Research Institute since its inception,” said Harveson. “Not only did we vet the concept of the Institute with John before we launched our conservation program, but when the Institute was first formed, I knew I had to have John serve on our Board.  John’s was one of the first invitations we extended and has served admirably on the Board since inception.”

The endowment will be managed by the Sul Ross State University Foundation in perpetuity and proceeds will benefit the Desert Quail Research Program of the BRI.  The endowment has since surpassed $250,000 in gifts and pledges.

Poindexter is a third-generation Texan and a military veteran who lives in Houston and the Big Bend region of West Texas. He holds a Ph.D. in Economic and Finance from New York University, and was a highly decorated officer in the U.S. Army. He is currently the Chairman of the Board and CEO of J.B. Poindexter & Co., Inc., a member of the Advisory Board of the Borderlands Research Institute and a member of the Director's Advisory Council of the Museum of the Big Bend.

Poindexter is most at home at his historic Cibolo Creek Ranch, which is used by cultural, academic, business and civic organizations for meetings and other functions. He actively restored the ranch and has written a book describing its history and the life of the region’s principal pioneer, in “The Cibolo Creek Ranch” (1990). He is also the author of other works on historical, military, genealogical and economic subjects.

The Borderlands Research Institute was created in 2007 at Sul Ross State University, in Alpine.  The Institute researches wildlife and range resources of the Big Bend and provides the results to landowners so that they may more effectively manage their properties.

For more information, contact Dr. Louis Harveson, (432) 837-8225 or harveson@sulross.edu.