New Dean of Texas Tech’s Graduate School Takes Reins in August

The chairman of Texas Tech’s Department of Educational Psychology & Leadership will begin Aug. 1

Officials at Texas Tech University have appointed the next dean of the Graduate School.

Fred Hartmeister, who has served as chairman of Texas Tech’s Department of Educational Psychology & Leadership, will begin Aug. 1.

"I am extremely excited about becoming dean of the Graduate School and all the possibilities that exist," Hartmeister said. "For the past 14 years, I have had the benefit of working closely with Texas Tech University’s graduate programs and many of the graduate students. In this new position, I will continue working closely with others at Texas Tech to cultivate stronger relationships with community, business, educational and civic leaders to extend avenues for partnering in economic development.

"Also, I will urge better coordination of institutional and college-level marketing and recruiting efforts aimed toward graduate students so they can have the opportunity to attend Texas Tech and work with our tremendous faculty and staff."

Hartmeister earned a master’s degree in business administration in 1979 from the University of Denver. He received a doctorate in educational administration in 1986 and a law degree in 1990 from the University of Wyoming.

Throughout his career, he has published more than 275 books, book chapters, refereed journal articles, monthly columns, commentaries and other scholarly articles. In October 1999, he received a $300,000 Sid W. Richardson Foundation grant to support "Establishing a Preparation Model for the 21st Century Texas School Superintendent." He earned the Texas Tech President’s Academic Achievement Award this year.

Hartmeister was one 17 candidates vying for the position, said Bill Marcy, provost of Texas Tech University.

"Fred Hartmeister was selected as the person best able to support all of the programs within the Graduate School," Marcy said. "He was also very well received by the deans of the other colleges."

CONTACT: Fred Hartmeister, future dean, Graduate School, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-1998 ext. 436,; William Marcy, provost, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2184,