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Message from TTU System Chancellor and University Presidents

November 3, 2020

Dear Texas Tech University System family,

We hope this note finds you all safe and well.

It is Election Day, and many on our campuses will participate by voting, volunteering, and making their voices heard. Our students, faculty, and staff have a long tradition of civic participation, and our universities and communities are better for it.

As you participate, please keep two things in mind—safety and civility. In the last few months, we’ve accomplished something remarkable: We reopened our campuses in the middle of a pandemic. Even as COVID-19 numbers have risen, our university communities have held steady. As a result, we can attend class, go to work, conduct research, and much else that makes up campus life.

We’ve achieved that because of our campus communities' respect for one another and willingness to wear masks, socially distance, and follow other COVID-related precautions. Please continue to follow those guidelines in your civic activities, as none of us want to see that good work undone. 

Second, remember that we value all members of our Ram and Red Raider family. Our university campuses are open and welcoming forums where we can share perspectives and beliefs freely and safely. All of us share a commitment to civil, respectful, and peaceful discussions, and we should maintain that commitment in the days ahead.

Thank you all for everything you’ve done during a difficult year. It’s taken sacrifice from every member of our Texas Tech University System family to get us this far, and we look forward to a fall semester that finishes as successfully as it started.

Warmest regards,

Chancellor Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D.,
Texas Tech University System

President Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr.,
Angelo State University

President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A.,
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

President Lori-Rice Spearman, Ph.D.,
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

President Lawrence Schovanec, Ph.D.,
Texas Tech University