President’s Perspective (June 2018)

President’s Perspective (June 2018)

August 17, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


>>Lawrence Schovanec, President: We’ve just begun the first summer session but at this time, I’d like to take a few minutes to look back at the
spring semester. It was a really great spring semester here at Texas Tech. During graduation this year, we awarded more than 4,300 degrees, a record number. There were several noteworthy achievements and distinctions during the
spring. In April, we inaugurated the Costa Rica campus, and I think you’ll enjoy
learning about all the things that are possible at our campus in San Jose. Tech has received some positive recognition in recent rankings. Earlier this spring, the
Forbes ‘Best Value Colleges,’ which ranks only 300 universities in the United
States, moved Tech from the position of 298 to 138. It’s an increase of 160 spots
and that increase was among the largest of any university in the
United States. A couple of weeks ago, the Center for World University Rankings
were released, and Texas Tech increased its position from 500 to 437. This was
the largest increase of any of the institutions in the Big 12 and puts
Texas Tech in the top 2.5% of all universities worldwide.
Texas Tech was just notified by the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities that we are one of four recipients of the Kellogg award, which is
for community engagement. Texas Tech was the recipient of a $5 million grant from the Governor’s University Research Initiative, and after several
months of recruitment efforts, we were able to announce the hiring of the first
member of the National Academy of Science to join the Texas Tech faculty– that was Dr. Luis Herrera-Estrella, who’s a worldwide expert in the study plant stress, and in
particular, his expertise in the area of cotton genomics will make a valuable
connection to an industry that’s so important to West Texas and this state. The initiative to establish a veterinary school received a great boost when the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation recently announced a $69 million commitment to help support the construction of the facility for the vet
school. Beyond academics, we’ve had a great semester in terms of
athletics. We’re all aware that the basketball team made the Elite Eight but
so did the women’s tennis program and men’s golf. Our men’s baseball team
hosted the regional and super regional, and this past week, we just advanced to the
College World Series. I look forward to seeing some of you in Omaha. I hope you
all have a safe and pleasant summer.