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TTU System Reveals Consultant, Website to Assist with President Search

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The Board of Regents of the Texas Tech University System invites nominations, inquiries and applications for the role of President at Texas Tech University. Visit the Texas Tech President Search Website.

Wheless Partners, a leading search firm, is assisting in the president search at Texas Tech University. 

March 7, 2016 | Written by Doug Hensley

Texas Tech University System officials and members of the search committee tasked with identifying candidates for the next president of Texas Tech University announced today (March 7) that a search consultant has been retained and a new website has been officially launched to attract top candidates for the position.

Wheless Partners, a leading search firm with a successful track record in higher education, will work with the committee as it conducts a broad-based, national search.

The website, http://www.texastech.edu/ttu-president-search/, has two primary purposes: to provide information about the position and to seek nominations and applications for the job.

Texas Tech University System Regent Tim Lancaster, who is serving as the chairman of the search committee, said the site will provide information for interested parties, promote the search and serve as a portal for top candidates.

“Our charge is to find the best candidate to lead our flagship institution,” Lancaster said. “To do that, we must have a robust pool of superb candidates. The search committee hopes the site will encourage nominations from the public and help ensure that we cast a wide net in our efforts to identify candidates for this important position.”

Review of applications will begin immediately, with applications accepted until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted no later than April 5, 2016, in order to assure full consideration by the search committee. Nominations as well as application materials – to include a cover letter, resume and current bio/profile – may be submitted electronically to PresidentTTU@WhelessPartners.com.

Information available on the site includes a position description, recent announcements on activities related to the search, names of search committee members, contact information for the search firm and information about Texas Tech University.

The new president will replace Dr. M. Duane Nellis, who stepped down as the 16th president of Texas Tech University on Jan. 22.

Dr. John Opperman, who has served as Texas Tech University System vice chancellor of academic affairs, was named interim president and has assumed the president’s duties until a replacement is named. Opperman is not a candidate for the permanent position.

About the Texas Tech University System 
The Texas Tech University System is one of the top public university systems in Texas and the nation, consisting of four component institutions—Texas Tech UniversityTexas Tech University Health Sciences CenterAngelo State University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso—and operating at more than a dozen academic sites and centers.  Headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, the TTU System has an annual operating budget of nearly $2 billion and approximately 19,000 employees focused on advancing higher education, health care, research and outreach.  

In 2015, the TTU System’s endowment exceeded $1.1 billion, total research expenditures were more than $215 million and total enrollment was approximately 50,000 students. Whether it’s contributing billions of dollars annually in economic impact or being the only system in Texas to house an academic institution, law school, and health-related institution at the same location, the TTU System continues to prove that anything is possible.