June 17, 2014
Jodey Arrington, Vice Chancellor for Research and Commercialization and former Chief of Staff to Chancellor Kent R. Hance, has announced that he is leaving the Texas Tech University System for the private sector, effective July 3.
Arrington has been named president of Scott Laboratories in Lubbock, where he will identify strategic investment opportunities, launch companies and commercialize medical-related technologies.
“Jodey has been a key player on my leadership team,” Chancellor Kent Hance said. “I wish him well in all his endeavors. He knows Texas Tech, works extremely hard, and knows how to get things done. I know that he will be very successful in all his future endeavors.”
Arrington played a major role in the growth of the Texas Tech University System. During his seven-year tenure, Arrington served as chairman on the Task Force for Enrollment Growth and was the chief architect of “Leading the Way,” the strategic plan for the universities within the TTU System.
In the Office for Research and Commercialization, Arrington was instrumental in leading efforts to move research projects into commercial products. He helped increase the number of inventions, business deals, startup companies and revenue over the last two years.
Under his leadership, Texas Tech University launched its first technology startup program and established its first National Science Foundation Center.
“We congratulate Jodey on his new position with Scott Laboratories and his previous successes at Texas Tech as well as his service to the university,” Eddie McBride, president of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, said. “We also recognize the important connections Jodey established between the campus and Lubbock, especially with our business community. The seeds that Jodey planted with his leadership, relationships and future business growth expectations will continue to grow Texas Tech and Lubbock.”
“We are extremely fortunate to have Jodey as President of Scott Laboratories,” said Dr. Randy Hickle, CEO of Scott Laboratories. “He is bright, talented and has a track record of successfully managing complex organizations in a variety of industry sectors. His record of creating companies, commercializing technologies and leading teams at Texas Tech will be invaluable to our organization and the broader Lubbock community.”
Dr. Robert Duncan, Vice President for Research at Texas Tech University, said, “Jodey has contributed greatly to the commercialization of our innovations at Texas Tech. He really gets it. These and other efforts will assure that our discoveries directly improve the lives of us all in West Texas by creating new products and businesses that build our economy.”
During his more than 18 years of public service, Arrington has served as a senior advisor to President George W. Bush in the White House and the Governor’s Office. He also served as Chief of Staff of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
About the 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—Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Angelo State University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso—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 2013, the TTU System’s endowment passed $1 billion, total research expenditures were approximately $200 million and total enrollment exceeded 44,000 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 medical school at the same location, the TTU System continues to prove that anything is possible.
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