Tribpedia: Texas Tech University System

Former state Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, shown in 2011, took the reins as chancellor of the Texas Tech University System in 2014.
Former state Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, shown in 2011, took the reins as chancellor of the Texas Tech University System in 2014.

Robert Duncan to Be Next Texas Tech Chancellor

UPDATED: The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents officially named state Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, the sole finalist to be the system's next chancellor in a press release issued Monday afternoon.

Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, Gov. Rick Perry and UT Board Chairman Gene Powell celebrate the merger at UT-Pan American on July 16, 2013.
Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, Gov. Rick Perry and UT Board Chairman Gene Powell celebrate the merger at UT-Pan American on July 16, 2013.

Analysis: College Resignations Pose a Question: Legacy or Change?

Job openings atop the state's big universities give regents and Rick Perry, the lame-duck governor who appointed them, a chance to extend his legacy — to name replacements who would continue his policies and politics when he's gone — or to set the stage for his successor.

Hance to Retire as Texas Tech Chancellor

UPDATED: Kent Hance, chancellor of the Texas Tech University System since 2006, said he will retire next year and become chairman emeritus, officing on Tech's Lubbock campus and continuing to teach a seminar on leadership. 

Ryan Crocker is shown at a 2011 news conference in Herat, Afghanistan. He has been on leave from Texas A&M University since President Obama tapped him to serve as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan in April 2011.
Ryan Crocker is shown at a 2011 news conference in Herat, Afghanistan. He has been on leave from Texas A&M University since President Obama tapped him to serve as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan in April 2011.

Texas A&M Dean, on Leave, Arrested in Hit-and-Run

According to news reports, former U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, on leave from his position as dean of Texas A&M University's Bush School of Government and Public Service, is facing charges for drunken driving and a hit and run incident in Spokane, Washington.

UT Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell asks the Board to support Chancellor Dr. Franciso Cigarroa at their Austin meeting on May 12, 2011.
UT Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell asks the Board to support Chancellor Dr. Franciso Cigarroa at their Austin meeting on May 12, 2011.

As UT, A&M Regents Meet, Governor Eyes Tuition

Regents from both the University of Texas and Texas A&M University systems are meeting this week, and most observers will be watching for their votes on tuition rates. Gov. Rick Perry, for one, has made it known that he would frown on any increases.

Kent Hance: The TT Interview

The chancellor of the Texas Tech University system on the tier-one race, why the state should invest in higher education and, of course, his thoughts on former head football coach Mike Leach. Hance says that a key role for him in the tier-one race has been raising money and that his political background has served him well in that regard.

National pride was in abundance at the Mexican independence day festival at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, Texas. The holiday celebrates Mexico's war of independence from Spain in 1810.
National pride was in abundance at the Mexican independence day festival at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, Texas. The holiday celebrates Mexico's war of independence from Spain in 1810.

Texas DPS Warns Against Spring Break Travel to Mexico

UPDATED: The Texas Department of Public Safety today renewed a warning that cautions Texas students against traveling to Mexico. The break begins next week for most of the state’s schools.

Sam Houston State Sees Payoff With Advising Center

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A mere 30 percent of students who enroll as freshmen at Sam Houston State in Hunstville graduate in four years. But that is a big step up from where the university was a decade ago, and a nationally recognized advising center is given credit for the strides.

UTEP Seeks Success Beyond Graduation Rate

The University of Texas at El Paso's graduation rates are among the worst in the state: Just 10 percent of its students get their degrees within four years. But President Diana Natalicio is adamant that the metric doesn't accurately reflect the institution.

Four-Year Graduation Rates Lag, But Do They Matter?

The four-year graduation rates at Texas' public universities are staggeringly low. State officials acknowledge the numbers are dismal and are working to improve them. But not all higher ed leaders buy into the notion that such metrics matter.

More Bad News About Texas Drought: End Not in Sight

The town of Junction recently endured a six-week ban on outdoor watering. During that time, the county judge says, some folks used bathwater to water their lawns. More bad news lies ahead: As the state climatologist and other panelists told the townspeople during a forum, the drought isn't over yet. And so begins the search for other water solutions.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 1/17/11

The Trib staff on the sweeping cuts in the proposed House budget, Grissom on what's lost and not found at the Department of Public Safety, Galbraith on the wind power conundrum, Hamilton on higher ed's pessimistic budget outlook, Stiles and Swicegood debut an incredibly useful bill tracker app, Ramsey interviews Rick Perry on the cusp of his second decade as governor, Aguilar on a Mexican journalist's quest for asylum in the U.S., Ramshaw on life expectancy along the border, M. Smith on the obstacles school districts face in laying off teachers and yours truly talks gambling and the Rainy Day Fund with state Rep. Jim Pitts: The best of our best from January 17 to 21, 2011.

Texas University Chancellors Brace for Budget Cuts

Every chancellor of a university system in Texas knows — down to the exact, excruciatingly precise percentage point — how much worse higher education fared than other agencies when their current budgets were cut. With the state facing a massive budget shortfall in the next biennium, the chancellors know they're in for another round. But this time they're adamant that they not bear a disproportionate share of the pain.

Search Texas University Salaries

Today we're adding another 17 agencies to our government salaries database, an extra 67,000 workers who collectively earn $2.9 billion in public payroll. The database now has records on more than 550,000 employees working at 62 of the largest state agencies, cities, universities, counties and mass-transit authorities.