Tedd L. Mitchell
Interim Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System
Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D. was named the interim chancellor of the Texas Tech University System on Aug. 20, 2018, following the retirement of Chancellor Robert Duncan. Dr. Mitchell received a unanimous vote by the TTU System Board of Regents during a special-called meeting of the board.
On Oct. 4, 2018, the TTU System Board of Regents named Mitchell the sole finalist for the position of chancellor. State law requires 21 days must pass before final action can be taken by the Board of Regents on employment once a sole finalist has been named.
Dr. Mitchell, who is also the president of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, will serve in a dual role as chancellor and TTUHSC president.
Dr. Mitchell became the eighth president of TTUHSC on May 17, 2010. As its longest tenured president, Dr. Mitchell has successfully led a period of record growth in enrollment, academic excellence and physical expansion on all campuses. TTUHSC now graduates more health care professionals than any other health related institution in Texas.
Dr. Mitchell has launched initiatives for interprofessional concentration around TTUHSC’s five schools – Biomedical Sciences, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy – and promoted programs to support novel research and creative endeavors such as the Department of Public Health, which will eventually become the School of Public Health. Under his leadership, TTUHSC remains financially strong while maintaining low tuition rates.
Dr. Mitchell is an Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Texas Medical Branch, where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1987. After graduation he pursued training in Internal Medicine. In 2012, Dr. Mitchell was honored as a distinguished alumnus of the Department of Internal Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Sports Medicine. From 1988 to 1996, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserves (Medical Corps).
Prior to arriving at TTUHSC, Dr. Mitchell served as president and chief executive officer of the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, an internationally recognized center of excellence in preventive and sports medicine.
Dr. Mitchell is a member of the TTUHSC faculty. His research interest is focused on the effects of activity and life style on health, and he has authored or co-authored dozens of scientific papers, abstracts and book chapters. He is a frequent lecturer, both nationally and internationally, on the physiology of exercise and the effects of exercise on aging, fitness and overall quality of life.
As health editor and a weekly columnist for USA Weekend from 1998 to 2010, Dr. Mitchell published more than 600 articles. He received the 2006 Clarion Award and the 2008 Walter C. Alvarez Award for Excellence in Medical Communication from the American Medical Writers Association. His writings led to collaborative efforts with other health experts, culminating in the publication of the books Fit to Lead (2004 St. Martin’s press), Move Yourself (2008 Wiley Press) and Fit to Lead 2 (2012).
In 2002, Dr. Mitchell was appointed by President George W. Bush to the President’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports and served until 2009. During his term, he was engaged in efforts that changed the President’s test from one that was fitness based to one that is health based.
Dr. Mitchell is married to Dr. Janet Tornelli-Mitchell. They met while in medical school and practiced together for nearly two decades. The Mitchells have three children, Katherine, an assistant district attorney in Dallas, Charlie, a petroleum engineer in Dallas and a Texas Tech University alumnus, and Chris, a Texas Tech University alumnus, living in Philadelphia pursuing a master’s degree at Villanova University.