Texas Tech Mourns Loss of Former History Professor

Ethan Schmidt spent six years as a professor in the Texas Tech Department of History.


Ethan Schmidt

Ethan Schmidt, a former Texas Tech University history professor, was killed Monday (Sept. 14) during an on-campus shooting at Delta State University, where he served as an assistant professor of American history.

“I am deeply saddened – as is the entire Department of History – by the awful news of Ethan’s passing,” said Sean Cunningham, department chairman. “He was an outstanding teacher, scholar and friend. Even more importantly, he was an incredible husband and father. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ethan’s family. We are simply crushed.”

Schmidt spent six years at Texas Tech before leaving in 2013 for the position he held at Delta State.

“Texas Tech University extends is deepest sympathies to the family and friends of former TTU faculty member Ethan Schmidt,” said Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis. “The Delta State University family is in our thoughts and prayers.”

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