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TTU System Board of Regents Elect New Officers

L. Frederick “Rick” Francis named chairman and Tim Lancaster appointed vice chairman of the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents

February 23, 2017 | Contact Scott Lacefield

L. Frederick "Rick" FrancisL. Frederick "Rick" Francis

The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents elected today (Feb. 23) L. Frederick “Rick” Francis and Tim Lancaster chairman and vice chairman, respectively, during day one of its February board meeting in Lubbock. The two will serve two-year terms effective immediately.

Francis, who is currently serving his third term on the board, previously served as chairman of the Board of Regents from Jan. 1, 2005 to May 11, 2007.

The El Paso native was appointed for his first term on the TTU System board on Nov. 18, 2003, and was reappointed to serve a second term. He was then reappointed to serve a third term on the board on Feb. 14, 2013.

He has previously served the board as chairman of the Finance and Administration Committee and is a member of the Academic, Clinical, and Student Affairs and Regents’ Rules Review Committees.

Tim LancasterTim Lancaster

He is chairman of WestStar Bank and also serves on the Board of Directors of Western Refining, Inc. (NYSE:WNR), Providence Memorial Hospital, Sierra Medical Center, the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation, the Paso del Norte Group and the Texas Philosophical Society.

Lancaster of Abilene was appointed to the Board of Regents on Feb. 14, 2013. He has previously served the board as chairman of the Academic, Clinical and Student Affairs Committee and served on the Finance and Administration Committee.

He is the President and CEO of Hendrick Health System in Abilene. Hendrick is a 500 bed hospital with 2,900 employees serving a 19-county area of West Texas. He has been in this position since August 2004, having previously served as CEO of Brownwood Regional Medical Center in Brownwood, Texas.

“I’d like to congratulate Rick and Tim. They are tremendous leaders and passionate supporters of their alma mater,” Texas Tech University System Chancellor Robert L. Duncan said. “I appreciate their dedication and commitment to serving our board and system.”

About the Texas Tech University System 
Established in 1996, the Texas Tech University System is one of the top public university systems in the state of Texas and nation, consisting of four universities—Texas Tech UniversityTexas Tech University Health Sciences CenterAngelo State University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso.

Headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, the Texas Tech University System is a $2 billion enterprise focused on advancing higher education, health care, research and outreach with approximately 20,000 employees, more than 50,000 students, nearly 325,000 alumni and an endowment over $1.1 billion.

In its short history, the Texas Tech University System has grown tremendously and is nationally acclaimed, operating on more than a dozen campuses statewide and internationally. Under the dynamic leadership of Chancellor Robert L. Duncan, the Texas Tech University System has set forth a bold vision of excellence, collaboration and innovation and continues to prove that from here, it’s possible.