Texas Tech University

Search for Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Texas Tech University (TTU) seeks an experienced and accomplished leader to join a dynamic administrative team as Provost and Senior Vice President. As the chief academic officer, the Provost is responsible for the overall academic mission of the university. This involves working with the president, deans, faculty, students and staff to promote academic excellence throughout the institution. Duties of the Provost include academic and budgetary planning, ensuring the quality of student learning by overseeing the curriculum and supporting educational initiatives; the development and enhancement of scholarship and research; the review of all faculty appointments, promotions, and tenure as well as compliance with institutional policies and external regulations, including accreditations. Office of the Provost

Questions or Concerns

David D. Perlmutter, Ph.D.

Search Committee Chair
Professor and Dean College of Media & Communication


Search Process & Timeline

Search Definition and Preliminary Planning


Search Launch


Key Constituencies Town Hall
Meeting for Search Committee and Search Firm


Creation, Approval, and Implementation of Search Documents


Sourcing of Regional, National, and International Candidate Audience


Evaluation of Prospective Candidates by Wheless Partners


Candidate Documentation Provided for Evaluation


Search Committee Meeting:
Discuss and Select Candidates for First-Round
Interviews or Decide to Continue Search Efforts


Candidate Initial/First-Round Interviews with Search Committee


Campus Visits of Finalists
Portrait photograph of Michael L. Galyean, Ph.D., Interim Provost and Senior Vice President Texas Tech University.

Michael L. Galyean, Ph.D.

Interim Provost and Senior Vice President, Texas Tech University

On campus March 1-3

Campus Presentation and Q&A – March 3, 10-11 am Student Union Building, Matador Room

Brief Bio: Mike Galyean received a B.S. in Agriculture from New Mexico State University (1973), with his M.S. (Animal Science, 1975) and Ph.D. (Animal Nutrition, 1977) from Oklahoma State University. He worked for 19 years on the faculty of New Mexico State University, with appointments on the main campus and at the Clayton Livestock Research Center. In 1998, he moved to Texas Tech University, where is a Paul Whitfield Horn Professor and holds the Thornton Distinguished Chair in Animal Science. He became Dean of the College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources in April 2012 and has served as the Interim Provost since August 2016.

Michael L. Galyean CV

Portrait photograph of Michael L. Galyean, Ph.D., Interim Provost and Senior Vice President.

Rhonda Phillips, Ph.D., FAICP

Dean, Honors College, Purdue University

On campus March 5-7

Campus Presentation and Q&A – March 7, 10-11 am Student Union Building, Matador Room

Brief Bio: Rhonda Phillips, Ph.D., FAICP, has advanced strategic academic initiatives as an administrator and faculty member at Purdue University, Arizona State University, and the University of Florida. Providing leadership for innovative scholarship, she is inaugural Dean of Purdue’s Honors College and Professor of Agricultural Economics. A three-time Fulbright recipient, Rhonda is a community well-being, planning, and economic development specialist, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Formerly, she served as Senior Sustainability Scientist with the Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and administrator at ASU, as well as founding Director of the UF’s Center for Building Better Communities.

Rhonda Phillips CV

Portrait photograph of Hesham El-Rewini, Ph.D., P.E. Dean, College of Engineering and Mines University of North Dakota.

Hesham El-Rewini, Ph.D., P.E.

Dean, College of Engineering and Mines, University of North Dakota (UND)

On campus March 8-10

Campus Presentation and Q&A – March 10, 10-11 am Student Union Building, Matador Room

Brief Bio: Dr. El-Rewini received his Ph.D. from Oregon State University in 1990. He served as a chair at SMU before becoming Dean at UND. He is committed to a collaborative leadership style that is honest, transparent, and inclusive. Under his leadership, his College has witnessed tremendous growth and success. He published numerous articles, supervised many M.S. and Ph.D. students, and coauthored several books. His first book with Ted Lewis in 1992 was among the earliest books in the area of Parallel Computing. Last year, he was presented the Gordon Henry Award by UND’s Student Government for being a dedicated student advocate.

Hesham El-Rewini CV

Search Committee Finalizes Report
on Strengths & Weaknesses of Finalists

Week of March 13

Presidential Decision Process

March 11 until complete

Position Overview

As top academic officer of the University, the Provost holds responsibility for academic and budgetary planning, ensuring the quality of student learning by overseeing the curriculum and supporting educational initiatives, the development and enhancement of scholarship and research, the review of all faculty appointments, promotions, and tenure, and compliance with institutional policies and external regulations, including accreditations.

In addition to appreciating and advancing excellence in teaching as well as the comprehensive academic programs of Texas Tech, the Provost is expected to fully support and help bring to fruition the Board and Chancellor's long-term objectives for the TTU System – positioning Texas Tech University in the company of the best institutions of higher education in the United States as a peer of those in the Association of American Universities (AAU).


Required Provost Role Specifications

Background/experiences and skills/accomplishments that are key to the success of the Provost

  • The Provost will possess an earned terminal degree from an accredited institution and a record of research/scholarly excellence meriting appointment as a full professor with tenure in a university academic department as well as an accomplished record of achievement in extramural funding.
  • TTU seeks a Provost with a record of successful advocacy for the concerns and opportunities of the fields/disciplines of a large comprehensive public university including the arts & humanities, the social sciences, HSTEM and the professional programs, along with the commitment and ability to bring effective multidisciplinary collaboration to reach shared institutional goals.
  • The Provost will possess a wide range of excellent communication skills to clearly and succinctly articulate the Texas Tech academic mission and vision to both internal and external constituencies.
  • The Provost will show commitment to hiring and retaining a high quality, diverse faculty and staff and will encourage diversity at all levels of the institution.
  • The Provost will demonstrate a commitment to the concept of a student-centered institution, with a strong student orientation and a dedication to preparing students for success in a global environment.
  • The Provost will possess unquestioned integrity and demonstrated leadership accomplishments and administrative abilities.
  • The Provost will ensure institutional accountability, fiscal responsibility, and the effective performance of all academic divisions in the University.
  • The Provost will ensure excellence in academics throughout the institution while simultaneously fostering growth in enrollment, increasing research, creative and scholarly activity, and strengthening TTU’s current high academic standards for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • The Provost will bring a strong understanding of the workings of a complex university system, to include knowledge and experience concerning current “best practices” in higher education, skillful resource allocation, and familiarity with the business operations of other successful large comprehensive organization.
Key Attractors

Key points the organization believes will be strong attractors to top candidates

  • This is an opportunity to serve as Chief Academic Officer to help position Texas Tech University among the nation’s preeminent universities as a nationally prominent, fiscally sound and ascending higher education institution.
  • The Provost will discover an environment where professional satisfaction and career achievement are paired with optimal quality of life in the economic, education and healthcare hub of the thriving South Plains area, in a temperate climate that encourages year-round outdoor recreation within a tradition of relaxed hospitality.

Provost Search Committee Members

David D. Perlmutter, Ph.D.

CoMC Dean/Chair of Provost Search Committee


Gene Wilde, Ph.D.

Professor - Department of Biological Sciences


Robert Ricketts, Ph.D.

Frank M. Burke Chair in Taxation, Department Head - Rawls College of Business


Sindee Simon, Ph.D.

Whitacre Department Chair - Chemical Engineering


Phil Johnson, Ph.D.

Professor, Chairman and Charles Thompson Chair - Agricultural and Applied Economics


Tim Dodd, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Administration and Finance - Hospitality and Retail Management


Angela Lumpkin, Ph.D.

Professor & Department Chair - Kinesiology and Sport Management


Brandt Schneider, Ph.D.

Professor & Dean - TTUHSC Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences


Debbie Montford

Vice Chairwoman - TTU Board of Regents


Ben Sharp

President - Student Government Association


Elizabeth Inskip-Paulk

Staff Senate - National Wind Institute


Darryl James, Ph.D., P.E.

Vice Provost - Office of Institutional Effectiveness


Guy Loneragan, BVSc, Ph.D

Interim Vice President for Research - Office of the Vice President for Research


Noel A. Sloan, J.D., C.P.A.

Chief Financial Officer and Vice President - Administration and Finance


Fazle Hussain, Ph.D.

President's Distinguished Chair in Engineering and Science - Department of Mechanical Engineering


Jorge A. Ramírez, J.D.

Walter and Anne Huffman Professor of Law


Juan Muñoz, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President - Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement


Lori Ann Ortiz-Guerrero

Executive Administrative Associate - Office of the President


John Opperman, Ph.D.

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs - System Office


Mark Charney, Ph.D.

Department Chair - Theatre and Dance


Susan Lang, Ph.D.

Professor of Technical Communication & Rhetoric


An EEO/Affirmative Action Institution
Texas Tech University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all in every aspect of its operations and encourages applications from all qualified persons.

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