Family of Gentleman Quail Hunter Gives Half A Million to Fund Endowed Chair at A&M-Kingsville
KINGSVILLE - December 15, 2008
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C.C. “Charlie” Winn family makes donation, Dr. Leonard A. Brennan named to post
KINGSVILLE (December 15, 2008) — Two people were honored at Texas A&M University-Kingsville today, but it might be quail in South Texas that benefited most.
C.C. “Charlie” Winn, an avid quail hunter, and his family donated $500,000 to the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute to fund an Endowed Chair in Quail Research. He currently lives in Corpus Christi. Dr. Leonard A. Brennan was then named to fill the position. Brennan is a research scientist in the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences.
“Endowed chairs benefit the university on many levels,” said Dr. Steve Tallant, university president. “They provide the financial backing to allow the continuation of important work in subject areas like quail and their environment. Endowed chairs also help the university provide stability and allow us to focus on attracting top notch scholars to South Texas.”
About C. C. “Charlie” Winn
Winn’s father, C.A. Winn, was a supervisor in the oilfields of Texas, California, Mexico, and Venezuela. Charlie lived all over South Texas as a boy and graduated from Alice High School. Oil field work was in his blood, as he got this first job roughnecking when he was still in high school. He made 99 cents per hour.
He said it was money made from oilfield work got him to college at then Texas A&I University. He ended his college career at the University of Texas, but was not able to finish because he didn’t have enough money.
Later, he became an oil scout and got this first taste of success drilling a well in Karnes County. His reputation for honesty, hard work and unfailing determination saw him and his company through the crash of the Texas oil industry in the 1980s.
Winn is a legend in the oil and gas exploration industry and is the owner of Winn Exploration, a diversified family owned and operated business that he established in 1951. The company’s interests include nanotechnology, medical research and development, commercial and investment banking and real estate development and investments.
As a prominent conservationist, Winn has hunted all over the world on several continents, but around South Texas he is known as the gentleman’s “gentleman” quail hunter. He has entertained United States Presidents, Texas Governors and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.
While building a successful business that would weather many economic twists and turns, Winn never lost sight of the importance of family. He is devoted to his wife, Patsy, their four surviving children and their spouses and nine grandchildren.
In 2006, Winn received the Texas Oil and Gas Association’s top honor, the Distinguished Service Award. In 2001, the Texas House of Representatives recognized him for his contributions to the cities of Eagle Pass and Uvalde and to the state of Texas and in 2003, he was named South Texan of the Year during the Annual South Texas Celebrity Weekend.
He is former director of the First National Bank and Highland Park State Bank, both of San Antonio. He served on the Board of Trustees for Texas A&I University for eight years and was on the university’s development board. Winn also served on the Baylor University Council for Institutional Development and on the Advisory Board of Santa Rosa Medical Center in San Antonio. He is a former trustee for the Mexican Baptist Children’s Home, also in San Antonio. He was named an All American Wildcatter in 1993 and was given the M.B. Rudman Outstanding Wildcatter Award in 1996. Winn served on the National Petroleum Council until 1999.
About Dr. Leonard A. Brennan
Brennan was selected as the first C.C. “Charlie” Winn Endowed Chair in Quail Research in the R.M. Kleberg Jr. Center for Quail Research. In 2005, he was recognized with the Senior Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences and in 2006, he received the college’s Senior Faculty Research Award.
He is the author of more than 100 scientific articles and more than 60 extension publications. His most recent work, Texas Quails: Ecology and Management, received The Wildlife Society’s 2008 National Publication Award in the Outstanding Edited Book Category. The book presents the first complete assessment of the four species of quail found in Texas.
Brennan’s research interests include population ecology and habitat for Texas quail with specific projects looking at the genetic ecology of bobwhites, the relationships between habitat structure and population productivity and the impacts of exotic grasses, brush control and grassland restoration techniques.
He has served as editor-in-chief of The Journal of Wildlife Management as well as associate editor for that publication along with The Wildlife Society Bulletin. He also has been consulting editor for Wildlife Monographs.
Brennan graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies; Humboldt State University in Arcata, California with a master’s degree in natural resources-wildlife management; and from the University of California-Berkeley with a doctorate in wildland resource sciences-wildlife ecology. He was a research fellow at UC-Berkeley.
Prior to assuming his current position with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Brennan was a research scientist in the department of wildlife and fisheries at Mississippi State University and was Director of Research at Tall Timbers Research Station in Tallahassee, Florida.
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