Texas Tech to Receive State Grant to Train Principals

News Release

DATE: April 10, 2006
CONTACT: Sally Logue Post, sally.post@ttu.edu

LUBBOCK -- Texas Tech University Monday received a $400,000 grant from the Texas High School Project to establish a pilot High School Principal Certification Program.

The new program is a cooperative effort between the College of Education and the Rawls College of Business Administration. It is designed to train principals and assistant principals to lead urban high schools with a high percentage of economically disadvantaged students.

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, State Sen. Robert Duncan and John Fitzpatrick, executive director of the Texas High School Project at Communities Foundation of Texas, will present the grant. This grant is part of a larger public/private $260 million initiative funded by the State of Texas, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, and other private donors through the Communities Foundation of Texas.

“This grant is a strong representation of Lt. Gov. Dewhurst’s vision for investing in Texas’ school children,” said Duncan. “Texas Tech is among the top universities seeking innovative ways to prepare students for the future, and we look forward to this program's many successes.”

The program will accept three groups of five students. The first group will be made up of five candidates to be selected from Lubbock Independent School District. Texas Tech University will commit an additional $195,000 in scholarships.

“This new program complements the many other partnerships that the university already has in place with public schools around the state,” said Jon Whitmore, president of Texas Tech University. “Lt. Gov. Dewhurst’s foresight in creating opportunities for innovative university partnerships will help us to train administrators who can make a difference.”