Statement from Chairman Christopher M. Huckabee
Texas Tech University System Board of Regents Chairman Christopher M. Huckabee issued today (Feb. 14) the following statement regarding Midwestern State University's announcement that it's considering to join the TTU System.
Midwestern State University's news release (Feb. 14, 2020)
Statement from Chairman Christopher M. Huckabee:
“The Texas Tech University System is a leader in higher education and health care across Texas and the nation. With more than 55,000 students and 300,000 alumni across our four distinct and diverse universities, our collective System has a tremendous impact and is on the rise as we approach our 25th anniversary in 2021.
“We are encouraged by Midwestern State University’s recent announcement to consider becoming a member of our great System and welcome the opportunity to discuss a potential partnership between the Texas Tech University System and MSU Texas.
“MSU Texas has a rich history of academic achievement in the North Texas region, spanning nearly a century since its inception in 1922. MSU Texas’ campus culture and student, faculty and staff values align well with those of the Texas Tech University System.
“We appreciate Chairman Caven Crosnoe, President Suzanne Shipley and the MSU Board of Regents’ initiative to begin discussion about MSU Texas’ vision, trajectory and future placement within the landscape of higher education in our state. The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents, Chancellor Tedd Mitchell and System administration look forward to engaging in conversations with MSU Texas’ leadership about this opportunity.
“Joining a system of higher education is an important decision, and we are optimistic to explore the benefits of aligning MSU Texas' best interests with those of our System for the betterment of higher education in our state."
— Christopher M. Huckabee, Chairman
Texas Tech University System Board of Regents
About the Texas Tech University System
Established in 1996 and headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, the Texas Tech University System is a $2 billion higher education enterprise focused on advancing higher education, health care, research and community outreach. Consisting of four universities – Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Angelo State University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso – the TTU System collectively has approximately 55,000 students, 17 campuses statewide and internationally, more than 300,000 alumni and an endowment valued at over $1.3 billion.
During the 86th Texas Legislature under the leadership of Chancellor Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell, legislative funding and authority was provided to establish a new Texas Tech University veterinary school in Amarillo and a new dental school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. This will be the state’s first veterinary school in more than a century and first dental school in over 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.