Dr. Lawrence Schovanec, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, was named interim president Aug. 10, 2012.
Schovanec earned his doctorate in mathematics from Indiana University, his master's degree from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Phillips University. Schovanec served as chair of the Department of Mathematics & Statistics for ten years until he was appointed as interim dean of the College of Arts & Sciences in 2008, before being named dean of the college in 2010.
During his tenure as dean, the college has hired more than 70 faculty, including 5 strategic hires, and has experienced significant increases in research funding and student enrollment. He has overseen programs and initiatives to support faculty development, improve advising and increase funds for scholarships. A major initiative of the college has focused on development of alumni relations that has resulted in more than $55 million in gifts to the college since 2008.
Personally, Schovanec has received over $3.2 million in external funding for his research in the fields of biomechanical and physiological control systems and solid mechanics. He has spoken extensively at conferences and other professional venues and is the author of more than 50 scholarly publications. Schovanec has received the President's Excellence in Teaching Award and is a member of the Texas Tech Teaching Academy. In 2011, he was a recipient of the Texas Tech University Inclusive Excellence Award awarded by the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement.
Schovanec can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.