Interim Dean of the Honors College Selected

Stephen E. Fritz, president of Midland Lutheran College since 2007, will assume the position.

Stephen Fritz

Officials at Texas Tech announced that Stephen E. Fritz will become the interim dean of the Honors College.

The announcement came from Provost Bob Smith.

“Dr. Fritz is the ideal person to assume the interim deanship in the Honors College,” Smith said. “With his incredible career as an academician and an administrator, he can provide overall academic and management leadership to the college in all areas of education, and, with the provost and other deans, to the dynamic academic enterprise at the university.”

Fritz is a member of the Registry for College and University Presidents, a nonprofit organization which engages former university presidents interested in service in interim leadership roles. He will not be a candidate for the permanent dean’s position.

“It is a distinct privilege and opportunity for me to be included in the Texas Tech community to serve as interim dean of the Honors College,” Fritz said. “I have a deep commitment to continue to build a learning environment which inspires outstanding achievement as our gifted students strive to reach their full potential. Working together, we will provide our students an essential foundation to become leaders with a passion for learning, personal growth, and achievement.”

Fritz graduated magna cum laude in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in history and English from Murray State University in Murray, Ky. He received his master’s degree from Southern Illinois University in 1968 and his doctorate from University of Kentucky in 1972.

He did two post-doctoral projects from 1976 to 1978 at Oxford University in the U.K.; one at Exeter College and the other at The Queen’s College. Since 2007, Fritz has served as president of Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Neb. Prior to that, he served as president of New England College in Henniker, N.H., where he oversaw record financial surpluses, student enrollment, the creation of online degree opportunities and the creation of the NEC Academic Press.

Honors College

The Honors College at Texas Tech is dedicated to providing students with a broad education that prepares them for a lifetime of learning.

Honors Sciences and the Humanities (HSH), formerly known as Honors Arts and Letters (HAL), is a major and minor degree program offered by the Honors College. HSH integrates the seemingly disparate sciences and humanities, instilling critical thinking skills and communication literacy through reading and writing-intensive courses while simultaneously preparing students for STEM-based careers and rigorous post-graduate programs like law and medical school. Within the HSH major, students may choose to pursue degree concentrations in Medicine, Global Health & the Humanities; Humanities Driven STEM; Environmental Science & the Humanities, or Politics, Philosophy, Economics & Law.



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