Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D.
Chancellor, Texas Tech University System
Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., was named the fifth chancellor of the Texas Tech University System (TTU System) on Oct. 25, 2018.
As chancellor, Mitchell is the CEO of a $2.5 billion, five-university higher education enterprise consisting of Texas Tech University (TTU), Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC), Angelo State University (ASU), Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) and Midwestern State University (MSU Texas).
Collectively, the TTU System enrolls more than 63,000 students, has an endowment valued at more than $1.3 billion and operates at 23 academic locations in 20 cities (18 in Texas, 2 internationally).
Mitchell works collaboratively with the TTU System Board of Regents, TTU System Administration and university presidents to enhance the TTU System’s profile and support shared missions of advancing higher education, health care, research and community outreach. Additionally, Mitchell guides the TTU System’s engagement with elected officials in Austin and federal leaders in Washington, D.C., to further increase funding and support.
Mitchell was instrumental in securing the partnership with MSU Texas, which officially joined as the fifth member institution of the TTU System on Sept. 1, 2021, following the 87th Texas legislative session when Gov. Greg Abbott authorized House Bill 1522.
Historic milestones were achieved under Mitchell’s leadership in 2019 during the 86th Texas Legislature, when legislative support and approval was provided to establish the TTU School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo and the Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine at TTUHSC El Paso. These achievements marked the state’s first veterinary school in more than a century and the first dental school in Texas in more than 50 years. The addition of these two schools makes the TTU 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.
Mitchell also implemented a values-based culture at the TTU System Administration, where all employees embarked on a journey together to identify and establish a set of commonly shared values. Nearly 200 team members determined People First, Integrity, Community, Respect and Exemplary Service as the five shared values of the TTU System Administration.
Mitchell first joined the TTU System when he was named the eighth president of TTUHSC on May 17, 2010. He held a dual appointment as chancellor and president for approximately one year until deciding to close his presidential tenure in 2019 after nearly a decade at the helm of TTUHSC. He is the longest-tenured president in the 52-year history of the university and led the institution to monumental milestones, record growth in enrollment, academic excellence and physical campus expansion.
During Mitchell’s tenure as president, TTUHSC and its leadership spearheaded the university’s first fundraising campaign, a $100-million initiative, and successfully implemented a values-based culture at the university and its six campuses across the state. In 2013, Mitchell helped transform TTUHSC’s regional campus in El Paso into a standalone university and the system’s fourth institution, TTUHSC El Paso.
Prior to arriving at TTUHSC, Mitchell served as president and CEO of the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, an internationally recognized center of excellence in preventive and sports medicine. Mitchell earned a Bachelor of Science at Stephen F. Austin State University in 1983. He is an Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Texas Medical Branch, where he received his Doctor of Medicine in 1987 and in 2012 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).
His research interest is focused on the effects of activity and lifestyle on health. Dr. Mitchell has authored or co-authored dozens of scientific papers, abstracts and book chapters. He also 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. In 2002, Mitchell was appointed by President George W. Bush to the President’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports and served until 2009.
As health editor and a weekly columnist for USA Weekend from 1998 to 2010, 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 writing led to collaborative efforts with other health experts, culminating in the publication of the books Fit to Lead, Move Yourself and Fit to Lead II.
Mitchell is married to Janet Tornelli-Mitchell, M.D. They met while in medical school and practiced together for nearly two decades. As the TTU System’s first lady, Tornelli-Mitchell has led a health and wellness initiative that is offered to employees of the TTU System through the Employees Retirement System of Texas benefits program.
The Mitchells have three children: Katherine Schwartz, an assistant district attorney in Dallas; Charlie, a petroleum engineer in Dallas and a TTU alumnus; and Chris, a TTU and Villanova alumnus, who is pursuing a career in the military. In 2020, they welcomed their first grandchild, Isabelle Grace, daughter of Katherine and her husband Ben.