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Midwestern State may join Texas Tech system

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Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls may join the Texas Tech System.

The University announced Friday it has received a formal invitation to consider becoming the fifth member of the Tech System. Established in 1996, the System is headquartered in Lubbock and includes Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Angelo State University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. 

Midwestern State President Suzanne Shipley said in a written statement, "at the February Board of Regents meeting, I was asked to engage in dialogue with our campus and our community regarding an invitation to consider joining the Texas Tech University System. The Board has asked that I host a series of campus conversations, followed by community conversations, to assess interest, answer questions, and address concerns regarding a response to this invitation."

Shipley's statement continued, “many may ask why we as a strong and financially robust institution might wish to exchange our status as one of four independent universities to become one of five in a single system. That is exactly the question the Board is exploring and has asked us to consider in the next two months—is this the right time for us to become part of a system and do we align well with the Texas Tech University System?”

Texas Tech System Board of Regents Chairman Christopher Huckabee said this is encouraging news, as the Tech System approaches its 25th anniversary next year.



“MSU Texas has a rich history of academic achievement in the North Texas region, spanning nearly a century since its inception in 1922," Huckabee said in a written statement. "MSU Texas’ campus culture and student, faculty and staff values align well with those of the Texas Tech University System."

The System is made up of more than 55,000 students and 300,000 alumni.

“We appreciate Chairman Caven Crosnoe, President Suzanne Shipley and the MSU Board of Regents’ initiative to begin discussion about MSU Texas’ vision, trajectory and future placement within the landscape of higher education in our state. The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents, Chancellor Tedd Mitchell and System administration look forward to engaging in conversations with MSU Texas’ leadership about this opportunity.

“Joining a system of higher education is an important decision, and we are optimistic to explore the benefits of aligning MSU Texas’ best interests with those of our System for the betterment of higher education in our state," Huckabee said.


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