Congressman Neugebauer Hosts Special Order Honoring Kent Hance on House Floor
(VIDEO) View the special order as it was carried live on the House of Representative’s website and CSPAN.
Written by Karin Slyker
Photo courtesy: Rep. Randy Neugebauer (TX-19)
On Wednesday, April 9, Congressman Randy Neugebauer hosted a special order on the House floor to honor retiring Texas Tech Chancellor and former Member of Congress Kent Hance. Neugebauer was joined by other Members of Congress to pay tribute to Hance’s achievements.
During the special order, Neugebauer read letters praising Hance’s achievements from officials, including Governor Rick Perry, Senator Ted Cruz, and former President George W. Bush. He also read notes from Hance’s current and former students who praised him as a teacher and mentor.
Hance has served as chancellor since 2006, during which time he grew Texas Tech’s endowment by more than 80 percent. He achieved an ambitious goal of raising more than $1 billion for the university, and helped the TTU endowment surpass $1 billion for the first time in university history. Hance also played a prominent role in the expansion of the Texas Tech University System, incorporating Angelo State University in 2007 and creating the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso in 2013.
Chancellor Hance had a long career as a public servant, which included serving three terms in Congress representing Texas’ 19th Congressional District. Hance authored and won passage of President Reagan’s tax bill in 1981, which provided the largest tax cut in the nation’s history. During his tenure, Hance served on the Ways and Means Committee, the Agriculture Committee, and the Science and Technology Committee.
Texas Tech University System
The Texas Tech University System is one of the top public university systems in the state of Texas, consisting of four component institutions and operating at 12 academic sites and centers. Headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, the TTU System has an annual operating budget of $1.7 billion and approximately 17,000 employees focused on advancing higher education, health care, research and outreach.
In 2012, total research expenditures approached $200 million and total enrollment exceeded 43,700 students for the first time in the TTU System’s history. Whether it’s contributing billions of dollars annually in economic impact or being the only system in Texas to house an academic institution, law school, and medical school at the same location, the TTU System continues to prove that anything is possible.