March 24, 2010
Written by: Russ Bookbinder
As Texas Tech strives to become a National Research University, Molina will work to expand the research facilities on campus.
Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance announced today (March 24) the hiring of Michael Molina as vice chancellor of facilities, planning and construction (FP&C). He will begin his duties on April 1.
Michael Molina will oversee all master planning and construction for facilities on each of the three institution’s campuses of the Texas Tech University System.
“Molina’s experience, technical skill and leadership qualities make him an outstanding choice for this position,” Hance said. “Our goals of increasing research and enrollment at each of our campuses make it imperative that we have a person with vision and a passion for our university to help plan and construct the facilities needed to support our goals. Michael is an experienced leader in this field and we are pleased that he will be part of our team.”
As Texas Tech strives to become a National Research University, Molina will work to expand the research facilities on campus. He also will collaborate with Texas Tech, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Angelo State University to develop a facilities and construction plan that accommodates each institution’s enrollment goals of 40,000 students at Texas Tech, 10,000 students at Angelo State and 5,000 students at the Health Sciences Center by 2020.
“I am honored and excited about my new role within the Texas Tech University System,” Molina said. “I believe our universities have the most beautiful and well-designed campuses and facilities in the nation. I look forward to bringing creative ideas and strategies to support the System’s growth initiatives.”
Molina is currently the owner and CEO of JDMA Architects Inc. and a partner in M3d Construct, LLC, both located in Lubbock. Molina also served as United Supermarkets’ vice president for facilities, design and development from 1998 until April 2009. Before working with United Supermarkets, Molina spent more than seven years in various roles with Texas Tech’s FP&C and physical plant operations.
Molina earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Texas Tech in 1991. He and his wife, Angie, met at Texas Tech and have been married 18 years. They have two children, Ralph, age 16 and Rebecca, age 13.
Molina replaces Mike Ellicott who retired in September 2009 after nearly 10 years of service with the Texas Tech University System.
Theresa Drewell served as interim vice chancellor for facilities, planning and construction since September. She will return to her position of associate vice chancellor for facilities, planning and construction.
Facilities, Planning & Construction is part of the Texas Tech University System and supports Texas Tech's academic missions by creating high-quality, innovative campuses through professional planning, design and construction management.
FP&C also oversees the public art collection on campus.