In This Issue
A Message from the Chancellor
Dear Students, Faculty, Staff and Supporters:
In March, the members of the Board of Regents, presidents of the component institutions and the system administration held the system's annual strategic planning meeting to further define the paths for each of our universities.
This meeting generated great discussion and resulted in many important decisions that will shape the future of the Texas Tech University System and its component institutions.
We presented our third Performance and Accountability Report of the system-wide strategic plan, which was adopted in 2009. This annual report showcases the outstanding progress made in 2011. During this meeting, our university presidents also outlined their plans to advance our institutions to the next level.
In the Business Plan for Moving Texas Tech to Tier One, Texas Tech University unveiled significant steps toward its goal of becoming a national research university and member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. Angelo State University outlined strategies for its vision of becoming a premier regional comprehensive university. And, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center presented its vigorous development course toward becoming a nationally-recognized health sciences university.
Together, we are making great strides in achieving our long-term vision, and I am excited to share with you some of the recent accomplishments that are furthering our success. Thank you for your dedicated support and hard work that is moving us forward.
Very truly yours,
Chancellor Honors Top Faculty with Highest Awards
Chancellor Kent Hance honored 13 top faculty members from all three component institutions with the annual Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching and Research awards. In their eleventh year, the awards are funded through the Chancellor's Council and are the highest honors presented to faculty at the Texas Tech University System. [Read and Watch more.]
Angelo State, TTUHSC Awarded Major Research Funds
Over the last few years, the component institutions of the Texas Tech University System have been awarded more than $18 million in research grants from the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). These highly-competitiveawards are given to those who are most likely to make breakthroughs in fighting cancer. Researchers from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center were recently awarded nearly $6 million in CPRIT funds. [Read more.] Angelo State University also received a $1.12 million grant from CPRIT. [Read more.]
Texas Tech Opens New Rawls College of Business
Texas Tech students in the Jerry S. Rawls College of
Business Administration began classes in a new, $64 million home this spring semester. The Texas Tech
community celebrated the completion of the state-of-
the-art building, which was funded by donor gifts
and student support, with a grand opening ceremony in January. Located on the north side of campus, the building has nearly 150,000 square-feet, is LEED-certified and complete with various professional and educational spaces for undergraduates, graduates, faculty and staff. [Read and Watch more.]
Record Enrollments Set in Spring 2012
For the second consecutive spring semester, Texas Tech University set record enrollment. [Read more.] For the third consecutive spring semester, Angelo State University set record enrollment. [Read more.]
Texas Tech Physicians Named as Best Doctors
Perfect Pass Rate for Angelo State Students
For the 15th straight year, Angelo State University students have maintained a 100 percent passing rate on the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) teacher certification test for secondary mathematics. [Read more.]
Texas Tech Creates Team to Expand Research
Supporting Texas Tech University's efforts to expand its research enterprise, the institution recently created The Research Development Team to help faculty members win large research grants. [Read more.]
Executive Leadership Announcements
In January, John Walker was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry as a member of the Board of Regents for the Texas Tech University System (TTUS).
Walker, of Houston, took his oath of office during the March board meeting and serves on the Finance and Administration Committee. [Read more.]
Other leadership announcements include John Huffaker joining the Texas Tech University System as vice chancellor and general counsel.
Formerly a member of the TTUS Board of Regents, Huffaker will provide legal counsel to TTUS and its component institutions, coordinate institutional compliance and oversee legal teams at each university. [Read more.]
Angelo State Surpasses $25 Million Campaign Goal
A little more than a year after announcing Angelo State University’s first-ever capital campaign, the institution has exceeded its initial goal by raising $25 million as of December 2011. In light of the campaign’s success, Angelo State revealed plans to increase its goal by $10 million. A part of the billion-dollar, system-wide campaign, Vision & Tradition, raising $35 million by the end of 2013 at Angelo State will make this the largest campaign for the university and in the San Angelo area. [Read more.]
School of Nursing to Lead Children's Health Program
With a $50,000 grant from the Aetna Foundation, the School of Nursing at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center will lead a pilot research project in Lubbock to help prevent childhood obesity, a growing epidemic in the U.S. This project, headed by Du Feng, Ph.D., will evaluate the impact of early intervention of healthy eating habits and active living for preschoolers the ages of 4 and 5. [Read more.]
Texas Tech Law Students Standout Nationally
In the past few months, students in the School of Law at Texas Tech University have proclaimed their excellence nationally in several notable ways. The moot court team won its second consecutive national championship in February, adding to the school's numerous national and international titles. [Read more.] The law school's appellate teams claimed regional championships at the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition. [Read more.] Additionally, law graduate Jason Jordan brought national recognition to Texas Tech by earning the third-highest score in the country on the Texas Bar Exam from last July. [Read more.]