Kent Hance Officially Named Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System
November 15, 2006
The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents today (Nov. 13) has named Kent R.
Hance as its chancellor.
The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents today (Nov. 13) has named Kent
R. Hance as its chancellor.
Hance, who is the system’s third chancellor, will begin his duties on Dec. 1.
“As a graduate of Texas Tech, I can think of no higher honor than to be selected for
this position,” said Hance. “The education I received at Texas Tech was the foundation
for much of my success. My goal is to continue the quality growth at both of our universities.
I can’t wait to get to work.”
A major focus for Hance will be fundraising for scholarships, professorships and endowments
as well as capital contributions. He will also work to enhance Texas Tech’s funding
from both the state and federal government.
“We are excited to have a person of Kent’s qualifications to lead our system,” said
L. Frederick Francis, chairman of the board. “His dedication to Texas Tech is evident
by his willingness to put his own successful career on hold to come serve the universities
he loves. We have much work ahead of us but with Kent Hance at the helm, Texas Tech’s
future is bright.”
Hance, a native of Dimmitt, graduated from Texas Tech in 1965 with a bachelor’s of
business administration degree. He earned his law degree from the University of Texas
in 1968. Hance returned to Lubbock to practice law and teach business law at Texas
Tech. He won election to the Texas State Senate in 1974 and the U.S. Congress in 1979
and served as a member of the Texas Railroad Commission from 1987-1990. Until his
appointment as chancellor, he was an attorney with the firm of Hance Scarborough Wright
Woodward & Weisbart.