The Texas Tech University System will be expecting a new president in 20 days, said Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance, on Friday in the United Spirit Arena.
Dr. Duane Nellis, the current President of the University of Idaho, will be taking the place left by Guy Bailey as President of Texas Tech University. Interim President Lawrence Schovanek, who was holding the position until search committees found and approved a candidate, will be stepping down in just under three weeks. Texas state law requires there to be a 21-day gap after Board of Regents approval before the position can be assumed officially.
“Texas Tech University has never been in a better position and calls for an esteemed president to further the university’s extraordinary growth and recent achievements,” Hance said in a press release. “Duane Nellis is a visionary leader with an outstanding record of accomplishments in higher education. I am confident Dr. Nellis will advance Texas Tech University and look forward to working with him.”
During Dr. Nellis’s time at the University of Idaho, he has secured record student enrollments, enhanced the university’s research profile, and spearheaded the unviersity’s largest fundraising campaign.
“It is an honor to be selected as sole finalist for the Texas Tech University presidency,” Nellis said. “Texas Tech University is one of the nation’s rapidly emerging public research universities, and I am grateful to be a part of the university’s exciting and promising future.”