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Lori Rice-Spearman to be appointed President of TTUHSC

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A familiar face, but a new role. Texas Tech will name a new leader for the Health Sciences Center tomorrow.

"I've walked these halls as a student, so to have this honor is a great honor," Texas Tech University Health Sciences Interim President and Provost Lori Rice-Spearman said.

It's full circle, Rice-Spearman was a student in the very first  class at the H.S.C. and now is becoming the President.

"We're all very focused on the same mission and that is students, patients and research," Rice-Spearman said.

She said she never thought the Health Sciences Center would grow into what it has become. Since she's from Odessa, she said it was particularly special when it expanded to that area.

"All of my family members experienced the challenges of not having access to healthcare and quality healthcare. It really changed how individuals accessed healthcare in that community," Rice-Spearman said.

With the TeleHealth Network, the center reaches beyond our region, especially during COVID-19.

"TeleMedicine, TeleTherapies, TeleCounciling, there's tremendous opportunity there for us as a University," Rice-Spearman said.

As a first generation college student, Rice-Spearman believes in the Health Sciences Center motto "your life, our purpose" and the Texas Tech University motto "from here it's possible."

"Just becoming embedded in the culture of Texas Tech and what it meant and the experience you had walking on that campus, on this campus, and knowing what it does, is very special," Rice-Spearman said.

While working with leadership, faculty and students across all six campuses, she plans to continue to focus on collaboration and innovation.

"Not only within our institution, but with other Universities and other community partners," Rice-Spearman said.

After adjusting to COVID-19, some changes made may stick.

"Our leadership teams, how we're communicating together, some of our staff may continue to work from home," Rice-Spearman said.

The Board of Regents and Chancellor Tedd Mitchell will announce and officially appoint Rice-Spearman as the ninth President of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center tomorrow afternoon.

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