LUBBOCK (October 11, 2013)--Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance, 70, announced his resignation Friday as leader of a system that's grown to more than 44,000 students.
Texas Tech University System Board of Regents voted Friday to accept the resignation.
Hance became the third chancellor of the system in 2006, including the flagship Texas Tech campus in Lubbock, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Angelo State University and satellite system offices.
He proved adept at fund-raising, helping the system bring in more than $100 million for seven straight years.
“Today,” Hance said, “the Texas Tech University System has doubled in size with the addition of Angelo State University and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso. We now have facilities throughout the state.”
“We recently concluded a capital campaign that raised more than $1 billion for the Texas Tech University System. I’m proud of that and want to thank our generous donors for helping grow our great institutions.”
During his tenure, Texas Tech and McLennan Community College in Waco finalized an agreement that allows students on the Waco campus to earn a Bachelor’s degree in general studies from Tech.
Tech now offers Bachelor’s degrees in University Studies, Clinical Services Management, Conservation Law Enforcement and Nursing through MCC’s University Center.
Hance, who intends to remain in Lubbock until a replacement is found, is a native of the Texas Panhandle who served four years in the Texas Senate in the 1970s before defeating George W. Bush to become a three-term congressman.
His resignation marks “the end of an incredible era,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry said in a statement Friday.
“Hance helped the Texas Tech University System raise an astonishing $1 billion, much of it during the nation’s economic downturn,” Perry said.
“He also led the effort to hold the line on tuition increases and creation of a $10,000 degree at Angelo State University.
“His legacy will be felt by countless Texans for generations to come, whether they are graduates who proudly hang a diploma on their wall from one of the System’s outstanding institutions, or anyone who benefits from the ideas, innovations and initiatives brought to life through the Texas Tech System,” Perry said.