Kent Hance’s Career Celebrated at Retirement Reception

Gov. Rick Perry and Texas Tech University System officials were in attendance at the United Spirit Arena.

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.”


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Established in 1996 and headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, the Texas Tech University System is a $2 billion higher education enterprise focused on advancing higher education, health care, research and community outreach. Consisting of four universities – Texas Tech UniversityTexas Tech University Health Sciences CenterAngelo State University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso – the TTU System collectively has approximately 55,000 students, 17 campuses statewide and internationally, more than 300,000 alumni and an endowment valued over $1.3 billion.

During the 86th Texas Legislature under the leadership of Chancellor Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell, legislative funding and authority was provided to establish a new Texas Tech University veterinary school in Amarillo and a new dental school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. This will be the state’s first veterinary school in more than a century and first dental school in over 50 years. The addition of these two schools makes the Texas Tech University System one of only nine in the nation to offer programs for undergraduate, medical, law, nursing, pharmacy, dental and veterinary education, among other academic areas.

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