Meet Chancellor Kent Hance
Dream no little dreams,
says Kent Hance, Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System.
It’s a favorite quote of his—and one the Chancellor tells to each student at orientation and graduation. It’s also how he views the Texas Tech University System, an environment he has known for quite some time.
“In 1961, my mother and father dropped me off at Texas Tech, and within three weeks, I fell in love with the campus,” says Hance. “And I’m still in love with Texas Tech to this day.”
It’s the passion, the excitement, the vigor Hance embodies that has produced so much success during his time as chancellor of the TTU System. From shattering previous fundraising goals and enrollment records at all four institutions to elevating Texas Tech University toward its goal of becoming a tier-one research institution, Hance’s priority is to provide a quality education to all of the students in the TTU System.
“College is the one place where it doesn’t matter what your background is, where you come from, or who your parents are,” Hance says. “In one class, you might have a student whose mother and father were flipping burgers and washing dishes. And two down from him, you might have another student whose granddad knows every leader in the world on a first-name basis. They both are getting the same great education. That’s the key to the future of success in the state of Texas.”
Because from here, it’s possible.
Fast Facts About Chancellor Kent Hance
TTU System: Third Chancellor of TTU System; Began in Dec. 2006
Career: Professor, Attorney, Texas Senator, Texas Railroad Commissioner, U.S. Congressman
Born: November 14, 1942
Hometown: Dimmitt, Texas
Family: Wife Susie, five children, seven grandchildren
Education: Business Administration, Texas Tech University, 1965; University of Texas School of Law, 1968