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Office of the
Chief Financial Officer 
Texas Tech University System 

System Administration Building
1508 Knoxville Ave.,Suite 301 
Box 42016 
Lubbock, TX 79409-1104

Phone: 806.742.9000

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Central,
Monday - Friday


Penny Harkey

Penny Harkey

Interim Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer

Penny Harkey is the interim vice chancellor and chief financial officer of the Texas Tech University System. Harkey serves a dual role while continuing her duties as the CFO and executive vice president of finance and operations at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Harkey began her interim position April 1, 2022 and will serve in the interim role until the position is filled.

Harkey was appointed to the interim position by TTU System Chancellor Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., following a retirement announcement by Gary Barnes. Barnes served as vice chancellor and CFO of the TTU System since 2016 and will conclude his duties on April 30, 2022.

Harkey brings 35 years of experience to the position after joining TTUHSC in 1987 as an accountant. She has held several leadership positions at TTUHSC – a six-school, comprehensive health-related university with campuses in Abilene, Amarillo, Dallas, Lubbock and Midland/Odessa. She spent nearly 20 years as the assistant vice president for budget before being named to her current role in 2017.

As interim vice chancellor and chief financial officer, Harkey coordinates an annual operating budget of $2.5 billion and is responsible for the overall financial strength and stability of the TTU System. She also manages multiple offices and services at the TTU System, including the Office of Treasury, Risk Management, Information Technology, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and the Office of Investments. In addition, she will serve as the treasurer of the Texas Tech Foundation.

Contact Penny at (806) 743-1625 or penny.harkey@ttuhsc.edu.