Office of the President

Dear Friends,

Here we are at the beginning of another fall semester, and my first as president of this great university. Not only does the fall semester bring a refreshed excitement to campus, but also to the entire TTU family.

I speak for many when I say the return of the students and faculty to campus rejuvenates the Red Raider spirit and brings to life fond memories for those revisiting campus and reflecting on their own past experiences. Once you step on campus as a student, faculty or staff member, you are part of the TTU family for life.

Several points of pride I’d like to share occurred in the month since the last Friday Letter. The university has received many accolades, due to the efforts of our community:

  • Texas Tech was once again named "Best in the West" by the Princeton Review, which recognizes the top institutions in the country by region.
  • The National Wind Institute (NWI) was listed among Popular Science magazine’s "10 Most Awesome College Labs of 2013." The NWI has been among the leaders nationally in wind research.
  • Texas Tech was the highest-ranking Big 12 member institution on Sierra Magazine’s list of "Cool Schools," which rates universities on their overall sustainability efforts.
  • CareerBliss.com ranked the university third nationally for having the "happiest employees." Several factors, including work-life balance, work environment, job resources and compensation were factored into the ranking.
  • The university ranked 28th out of 875 institutions on the "Affordable Colleges with High Returns" by AffordableCollegesOnline.org. Texas Tech continues as an affordable option for students with a four-year tuition of less than $40,000.

Our successes – past, present and future – resonate throughout our community. The achievements of the university today are possible due to the successes of the past 90 years and will pave a road for future accomplishments. Previous generations of Red Raiders laid the foundation for the present, while the successes of current faculty and students enhance the value of degrees held by our alumni.

Students continue to take notice of Texas Tech and the quality of education offered here. Our enrollment numbers have annually been at record levels since 2008, and this year we are on pace for another increase. This is possible through the diligent recruiting efforts of university staff and students and the reputation Texas Tech is gaining nationally.

We often say, "This is a great time to be a Red Raider." I believe it’s always a great time to be a Red Raider! And, every day, I am a Red Raider!

After last weekend’s great start for Coach Kingsbury and our football team, tomorrow marks the first home game of the season. The nationally ranked women’s soccer program is 3-1 and hosts home matches this weekend, beginning this evening. I encourage everyone to come out this weekend and not only support these athletic programs, but celebrate together the many accomplishments of our great university.

Guns Up!

M. Duane Nellis

M. Duane Nellis, Ph.D.
President