April 3, 2014
Gov. Rick Perry and Texas Tech University System officials were present for Chancellor Kent Hance’s retirement reception Wednesday at the United Spirit Arena.
Scott Cooksey, interim vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement; Larry Anders, vice chairman for the Board of Regents; Perry and Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson each made remarks honoring the chancellor.
Students, faculty and staff joined members of the Board of Regents as well as Texas Tech University President M. Duane Nellis and his wife Ruthie in honoring Chancellor Hance.
Robertson proclaimed April 2 as “Kent Hance Day” for the city of Lubbock, noting Hance’s many accomplishments and contributions to the Lubbock community during his tenure.
“Our best days are in front of us,” Hance said. “This university is not dependent on anyone. It is an institution within itself and it’s moving forward by leaps and bounds. Thank you and God bless Texas Tech.”
Established in 1996, the Texas Tech University System is one of the top public university systems in the nation, consisting of five universities
– Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Angelo State University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso and Midwestern State University.
Headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, the TTU System is a $2.5 billion enterprise focused on advancing higher education, health care, research and outreach with approximately 21,000 employees, more than 63,000 students, nearly 370,000 alumni and an endowment valued at $1.7 billion. In its short history, the TTU System has grown tremendously and is nationally acclaimed, operating at 24 academic locations in 21 cities (19 in Texas, 2 international).
During the 87th Texas Legislature under the leadership of Chancellor Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., the TTU System welcomed MSU Texas as its fifth member institution during the 25-year
anniversary of the system. MSU Texas is the only Texas university to become a member
of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. Students at MSU Texas choose from
more than 60 majors and several pre-professional programs, are active in more than
100 student organizations and bring a spirit of competition to 13 NCAA Division II
In addition, the TTU System is one of only nine in the nation to offer programs for undergraduate, medical, law, nursing, pharmacy, dental and veterinary education, among other academic areas.