Texas Tech University System in Texas

Date Posted January 22, 2014
Type Executive
Salary Not specified

Texas Tech University System



The Texas Tech University System invites applications for the position of Chancellor. The Texas Tech University System is a nationally acclaimed higher education system with one of the largest contiguous campuses in the United States. The System’s four universities, multiple academic sites and health sciences campuses have a total enrollment of more than 44,000 students (2013), and the TTU System is approaching 290,000 alumni. Headquartered in Lubbock, the System employs approximately 17,000 and has an annual operating budget of $1.7 billion.

In the past seven years, the Texas Tech University System has experienced an unprecedented period of growth and success:

  • The TTU System has doubled in size, growing from two components to four institutions with the addition of Angelo State University in 2007 and the creation of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso in May 2013.
  • Enrollment across the TTU System has increased 45 percent, totaling more than 44,000 students in the fall of 2013.
  • Research expenditures have in effect, tripled since 2006, averaging $200 million both in 2011 and 2012.
  • More than $503 million has been invested in construction on our campuses, with another $201 million underway.
  • The TTU System is supplying a record number of educated professionals to the workforce, awarding upwards of 10,000 degrees in 2012. This is a 46 percent increase since 2006.
  • The largest and most successful fundraising effort in the history of the TTU System, Vision & Tradition: The Campaign for Texas Tech, surpassed its billion-dollar goal advancing a year ahead of schedule and raising in excess of $1 billion for our universities.
  • The TTU System endowment has increased more than 60 percent since 2006.

The Chancellor is responsible for providing transformative leadership, focus, and strategic vision as Chief Executive Officer of the System with oversight responsibility for the System’s component institutions, bringing demonstrated executive skill to lead the Texas Tech University System to new levels of achievement. In conjunction with the Board of Regents, the Chancellor will take the lead role to implement strategic plans and directions for quality targeted growth of the System and its component institutions. This includes plans that foster collaboration with other universities and partnerships with business entities for the advancement of public higher education and research activities in Texas. The Chancellor provides visionary leadership and team building for each component institution.

The Chancellor is expected to bring a record of significant fund-raising expertise, and attentiveness to alumni, supporters, key stakeholders and leaders within corporations and foundations.  The Chancellor is expected to work actively at private fund-raising with each component institution. The fundraising focus will include scholarships, professorships, and endowments, as well as capital contributions.

It is important that the Chancellor demonstrate effectiveness in the political and governmental arenas in order to foster ongoing support and resources to meet the goals and objectives of the TTU System and its component institutions.

Additionally, the Chancellor is expected to fully support, collaborate and help bring to fruition the Board’s vision for the TTU System.

The Chancellor will exhibit personal attributes that bring distinction to and respect for the System. The Board of Regents seeks a dynamic leader with impeccable integrity and a proven record of successfully leading complex enterprises, orchestrating well-planned growth with strong fiscal responsibility.  The Chancellor should demonstrate a collaborative leadership style, and possess a deep commitment to excellence in academics, health care, research, outreach and service. The individual in this role will bring a record of working effectively with culturally diverse people, demonstrating an appreciation of and commitment to diversity.

To express interest and/or request additional information about this opportunity, including a listing of key responsibilities and job requirements, please submit a cover letter and CV/résumé by e-mail to

For a confidential conversation by phone, contact Michael Wheless Jr., Mabry Smith, or Leslie Allen at Wheless Partners, 678.364.8585.


The Texas Tech University System is committed to promoting equal employment opportunity and affirmative action throughout our academic communities. 

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