April 3, 2014
Gov. Rick Perry and Texas Tech University System officials were present for Chancellor Kent Hance’s retirement reception Wednesday at the United Spirit Arena.
Scott Cooksey, interim vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement; Larry Anders, vice chairman for the Board of Regents; Perry and Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson each made remarks honoring the chancellor.
Students, faculty and staff joined members of the Board of Regents as well as Texas Tech University President M. Duane Nellis and his wife Ruthie in honoring Chancellor Hance.
Robertson proclaimed April 2 as “Kent Hance Day” for the city of Lubbock, noting Hance’s many accomplishments and contributions to the Lubbock community during his tenure.
“Our best days are in front of us,” Hance said. “This university is not dependent on anyone. It is an institution within itself and it’s moving forward by leaps and bounds. Thank you and God bless Texas Tech.”
The Texas Tech University System is one of the top public university systems in Texas and the nation, consisting of four component institutions – Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Angelo State University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso – and operating at more than a dozen academic sites and centers. Headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, the TTU System has an annual operating budget of nearly $2 billion and approximately 19,000 employees focused on advancing higher education, health care, research and outreach.
In 2015, the TTU System’s endowment exceeded $1.1 billion, total research expenditures were more than $215 million and total enrollment was approximately 50,000 students. 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 health-related institution at the same location, the TTU System continues to prove that anything is possible.