Texas Tech University System leaders gather in Lubbock to discuss future plans

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LUBBOCK, Texas — For the first time in its history, the five presidents and chancellor of the Texas Tech University System took to the floor at the Overton Hotel Thursday to discuss the latest developments, challenges and opportunities facing the institutions.

“We have a system that has 63,000 students [and] 20,000 employees, who provide health care and general labor, not just for West Texas, but for the entire state and far beyond,” the Chancellor said. Texas Tech University Tedd L. Mitchell, MD “So we are literally – which is a wonderful thing – creating the economic leaders, the business leaders, the healthcare leaders of tomorrow, all of I-35 west, same here “,

TTU President Dr. Lawrence Schovanec said the university is focused on strengthening opportunities for minority students and those from underserved communities.

“This year, 30% of our freshman class is first generation. Last year, we distributed over $200 million in scholarships. We have significantly reduced our debt over the past few years,” Chairman Schovanec said. “It’s so important to underrepresented and first-generation students, but all students have a cost issue and those are things we work on every day.”

The Texas Tech Health Sciences Center said it is focused on access to care, while serving more than 100 counties and leading the nation in telehealth.

“Texas Tech Health Sciences Center has had an unprecedented year of recognition, both nationally and statewide, for what we do. We serve approximately 22% of all health care providers for the entire state of Texas, and this is truly an accomplishment of all of our partnerships with our eight hospitals in West Texas. »

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