Texas Tech University today (Dec. 22) named Lawrence Schovanec to the position of provost and senior vice president, a post he has held on an interim basis since June. Schovanec’s first official day as provost is January 1.
“We conducted a thorough and exhaustive search to ensure we selected the right person to lead our academic efforts, and Dr. Schovanec emerged as the top candidate from an exceedingly strong pool of finalists,” Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis said. “Dr. Schovanec has a long history with Texas Tech University and is one of the most well-respected administrators on campus. He has a great rapport with the faculty and a vision for our academic mission that will positively lead us forward.”
Prior to his appointment as interim provost, Schovanec served the university for nearly a year as interim president and two years as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.
“This is a wonderful and humbling opportunity,” Schovanec said. “I have had the pleasure of watching this great university grow during my time here and am proud of the faculty, staff and students who dedicate themselves to furthering the academic mission of Texas Tech. I look forward to working side-by-side with Dr. Nellis and thank him for his leadership and vision.”
At Texas Tech for more than three decades, Schovanec previously served as interim dean of the College of Arts & Sciences from September 2008 through May 2010. Prior to that, he served as chairman of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics beginning in 1998. He joined the faculty in 1982.
Schovanec earned his doctorate in mathematics from Indiana University, his master’s degree from Texas A&M University and his bachelor of science degree from Phillips University. He has received the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award and is a member of the Texas Tech Teaching Academy.
Schovanec has published widely in academic journals and has spoken at numerous professional conferences. His research interests are in the fields of biomechanical and physiological control systems and solid mechanics. He has received more than $3.2 million in external funding for his research.