Texas Tech leaders discuss "historic" legislative session

Texas Tech leaders discuss "historic" legislative session

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Texas tech President Lawrence Schovanec and Chancellor Tedd Mitchell address the media and discuss the initiatives in the 86th Texas Legislature. Texas tech President Lawrence Schovanec and Chancellor Tedd Mitchell address the media and discuss the initiatives in the 86th Texas Legislature.
LUBBOCK, Texas -

 

Texas Tech administrators claim "historic" success in the 86th legislative session.

Chancellor Tedd Mitchell said it has been decades in the making.

"The state has made a tremendous investment into not only our region and not only in higher education, but a huge investment in the future of Texas overall," Mitchell said.

The state will foot millions for the School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo and the School of Dental Medicine in El Paso.

"Overall for our system, this has been an outstanding session," Mitchell said.

President Lawrence Schovanec said the university will now establish a teaching facility for the vet school.

"We'll have at our disposal $17 million to move forward with the hiring of faculty," Schovanec said. "We'll need to hire 32 faculty within the next two years."

Schovanec is "especially" grateful to the Lubbock Delegation for helping push the vet school into the end-zone.

Representatives John Frullo (R-Lubbock) and Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock) said it was a team effort.

"The groundwork was laid a long time, we stuck to the plan and all of us together got it," Frullo said.

There were also many trials and tribulations, Burrows said.
"...Before the session began, during the session, but you know it all led to very productive result," Burrows said, "and I think a lot of people deserve a lot of credit."

These initiatives will contribute greatly to students' success, State Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) said.

"It set in motion things," Perry said. "Kids going forward have hopes and dreams that weren't available prior to this session now."

With this, Tech is now only the ninth university in the nation to offer undergraduate medicine, law, nursing, pharmacy, dental and veterinary educations. 

Both the vet school and dental school expect their first classes in 2021.

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