John Opperman, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Policy & Planning
Dr. John Opperman has served in his current role as Vice Chancellor for Policy & Planning for the Texas Tech University System (TTUS) since 2002. In this role he oversees strategic planning for the TTUS and academic policy issues assigned by the Chancellor.
Previously, Dr. Opperman served as the Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer for TTUS from 1996-1999. In addition to his positions at TTUS, Dr. Opperman has spent more than 20 years in public service with the State of Texas working primarily on issues related to higher education, public education, and state budgeting.
He has served as Director of Budget , Policy & Planning for the Governor of Texas, Budget Director for the Lt. Governor of Texas, and Director of the Senate Finance Committee in the Texas Legislature. He has served most recently as a special adviser to the Lt. Governor on public and higher education policy and the state budget.
Dr. Opperman holds a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University and master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught courses in economics at the University of Texas at Austin and Texas Tech University. He and his wife, Becky Opperman, have three sons, Justin, Sean and Jared.