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Texas Tech president expected to make full recovery after hospitalization

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June 11, 2024

Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec remained hospitalized Tuesday but had good prospects to make a full recovery after he was hospitalized following a medical emergency Monday, according to the university.

In a statement released about 7 p.m. Monday by the Texas Tech University System, Chancellor Dr. Tedd Mitchell announced that Schovanec was taken to a Lubbock hospital for evaluation and treatment and was in good spirits as of Monday evening. The nature of the medical emergency was not immediately clear.

Texas Tech president Lawrence Schovanec speaks during the Red Raider Club kickoff luncheon, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023, at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

Texas Tech president Lawrence Schovanec speaks during the Red Raider Club kickoff luncheon, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023, at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

“Our entire Texas Tech University System is keeping President Schovanec and his family in our thoughts and prayers,” read Mitchell’s statement. “I am working closely with University leadership and will continue to provide updates as they become available.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Mitchell released another statement to the TTU community stating that Schovanec “continues to be in stable condition, and the prospect of a full recovery looks promising.”

The chancellor further stated that they system’s administration is working with the Office of the Presidents’ staff to ensure Schovanec focuses on his health for the remainder of the week.

“We are thankful for those who helped respond and for the exceptional care he continues to receive,” reads Mitchell’s statement. “We appreciate the outpouring of support and look forward to sharing more updates on his positive progress.”

Who is President Lawrence Schovanec?

Prior to becoming president, Schovanec was a professor in the math department at Tech starting in 1982. He advanced through the ranks at Tech, being named chair of the math department in 1998 and serving as interim dean for two years at the College of Arts & Sciences starting in 2008.

Thereafter, Schovanec served as the provost, the university’s most senior academic officer, in 2013 and served as interim president from 2012 to 2013. He was ultimately appointed to serve as the university’s 17th president in 2016. 

During his tenure, Schovanec led the university to receive its designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institute by the U.S. Department of Education and established the state’s first school of veterinary medicine in over a century in 2019.

In 2020, Schovenec guided the university through a pandemic while overseeing enrollment for the university exceeding 40,000 students. Most recently, Schovanec has overseen the increase of federal research expenditures at the university, reaffirming the institution’s “Very High Research Activity” status with the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

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Schovanec helped make history by working with the Texas State Legislature to establish the new Texas University Fund, a nearly $4 billion permanent endowment through the state to help fund research opportunities at several universities throughout Texas. Texas Tech was a founding member of the TUF, receiving about $44 million in its first year.

This article originally appeared on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Texas Tech President Schovanec hospitalized after medical emergency

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