A national research university

Record Fall Enrollment


National Public University


Nationally Earned Doctorates


31st National Championship

Texas Tech Law

Great College to work for

Chronicle of Higher Ed.

Awarded by the APLU

Innovation and Economic Prosperity University

Research & Technology Park


2014 President's Report

Texas Tech University is an institution of great achievement.

Texas Tech University is a national research university and an institution of great achievement. It has a long-standing tradition of academic excellence through cutting-edge research and innovative activities, future-oriented teaching, and multifaceted-outreach endeavors by its faculty, students and staff.

We have a rising national reputation as an institution of accomplishment in contributions to higher education. I have been humbled to serve this great university for two years and I look forward to continuing to lead our wonderfully talented groups of faculty, staff and students as we move forward. We want them to be successful, and together we will ensure they have the support to achieve their goals.

Over the past year, there are many accomplishments of which we should be proud. Our students won numerous academic national championships and our talented and accomplished faculty and staff provided them the guidance and leadership to achieve on the national level. We opened new buildings and received approval and funding for current and future construction projects that will enhance the overall academic experience of our students and research endeavors of our faculty. We have produced groundbreaking research, scholarship and performances that have received worldwide attention.

I am proud to serve as president of this fine comprehensive national public research institution. This is Texas Tech University.

M. Duane Nellis, Ph.D.

Our research

“This passion and caliber of work provides a snapshot of the high quality of faculty we have at Texas Tech University.”President M. Duane Nellis
Our research

Texas Tech Climate Scientist Named to TIME 100

A Texas Tech University climate scientist has been named to the 2014 TIME 100, the annual list of the most influential people in the world.

In the story, guest contributor and Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle wrote of Katharine Hayhoe, a professor and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, “There’s something fascinating about a smart person who defies stereotype. That’s what makes my friend Katharine Hayhoe – a Texas Tech climatologist and an evangelical Christian – so interesting.”

Cheadle added: “I got to know Katharine as we worked on Showtime’s climate documentary “Years of Living Dangerously.” But we are all getting to know and benefit from her work.”

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Wind Researchers Release Findings on Failed Shelter Door Struck by Arkansas Tornado

When building an above-ground storm shelter, or any shelter for that matter, make sure building materials are rated to withstand high tornadic winds and the onslaught of debris those winds can bring.

Especially when it comes to selecting doors.

That’s the tragic take-home message two Texas Tech University wind researchers want homeowners to receive after completing forensic testing on a door that failed earlier this year during a tornado in Mayflower and Vilonia, Arkansas. The April 27 EF-4 twister generated winds estimated at 166-200 mph that took the life of one person inside the above-ground shelter and 12 total.

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Texas Tech Breaks Ground on Research and Technology Park

Texas Tech University officials on Monday broke ground on the new Research and Technology Park, which will further help the move toward innovation and entrepreneurship.

Forged from the idea of more economically engaged universities by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), Phase I includes the construction of a $29 million, 41,000 square-foot, two-story building located at the corner of Fourth Street and Quaker Avenue, directly west of the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. It will include a common space for research programs that promote entrepreneurialism and innovation, space for public-private partnerships and an incubator/accelerator for new startup businesses.

Our research

Researchers Uncover New Species of Prehistoric Reptile

In the dangerous waters of an ancient oxbow lake created by a flooded and unnamed meandering river, the female phytosaur died and sank to the bottom 205 million years ago. About 40 yards away the remains of a larger male also came to rest, and both disappeared in a tomb of soil and sediment.

Evidence for the cause of their deaths and the rest of their bodies vanished with time, but their skulls remained. After careful research, a Texas Tech paleontologist says he and others have discovered a new species of the Triassic-age monster in the wilds of West Texas.

Our research

Bad dog? Professor Develops Smelly Tool to Stop That!

In a sense, John McGlone was just like any other pet owner a few years ago. He simply wanted to keep his Cairn Terrier from barking incessantly.

Then again, McGlone is not like most dog owners in that he is a professor at Texas Tech University who just happens to specialize in animal welfare and behavior. And, in that capacity, he just happened to have a product on hand at his house from a previous research study called Boar Mate, an odorous concoction which helps farmers with swine breeding.

Our Excellence

“This is a testament to the incredible work Texas Tech does to promote diversity and inclusive excellence on our campus for all faculty, staff and students.”Dr. Juan Muñoz
Our Excellence

Texas Tech Enrollment Figures Shatter Previous Numbers

Texas Tech University officials report record enrollment figures for the sixth-straight year as 35,134 students are in fall classes. The difference of 2,023 students from fall 2013 represents the third-largest increase in a single year since the university opened its doors in 1925.

“We are experiencing unprecedented growth at Texas Tech, which makes this an exciting time in our history,” said Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis. “Through the efforts of our graduates, faculty, staff and students, and the foundations they laid, record numbers of students annually are reaching out to Texas Tech to continue their education.”

Our Excellence

Texas Tech Named Great College to Work For®

Texas Tech University recently was recognized as one of the nation’s Great Colleges to Work For® by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Through surveys, Texas Tech was chosen as one of 92 universities in the nation that excels in areas such as leadership, careers, workplace and compensation in the work environment.

“I am so proud of Texas Tech for this special, national recognition,” President M. Duane Nellis said. “We have such great faculty and staff who work together as a team to advance Texas Tech on all fronts.”

Our Excellence

Texas Tech Climbs U.S. News and World Report Rankings

Texas Tech University made significant strides in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) college and graduate school rankings, released this week.

Ranked among national universities at No. 156, the ranking reflects an increase of five spots from 2014 and nine since 2013. Texas Tech is ranked No. 84 among national public universities, ahead of last year’s ranking of 88.

Our Excellence

Texas Tech Recognized for Economic Development Efforts

Texas Tech University has been designated as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The designation, which recognizes the university’s engagement in an array of economic development efforts, was announced by APLU officials today (July 10).

“The awarding of the Innovation and Economic Prosperity designation is yet another indication of the strides Texas Tech is making toward Tier One status,” said M. Duane Nellis, president of Texas Tech. “The IEP application process is an extensive self-study that helped us determine not only our strengths in connecting with our community but also the areas in which we need to focus more attention.”

Our Excellence

Texas Tech Recognized for its Efforts to Promote Diversity

Texas Tech University is one of 82 higher learning institutions in the nation to receive the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

“Texas Tech works extremely hard toward creating an environment that supports diversity and inclusion,” said Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis. “The HEED award directly reflects the university’s initiatives to promote diversity, and I am proud of the commitment Texas Tech makes to include students from all different backgrounds.”

Their Success

“Texas Tech has a growing reputation and we are becoming much more visible nationally. That is due, in part, to the success of our students which is an integral part of being a National Research University.”Provost Lawrence Schovanec
Their Success

Student Spotlight: Working to Change the World

What originally was a trip to Houston to take part in a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) roundtable turned into an opportunity Saba Nafees could not refuse.

Nafees, a Texas Tech University student, recently was selected to be a White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) E3! Ambassador. The alumna and first-year mathematics graduate student, originally from Pakistan, attended the roundtable discussion about engaging the Asian-American youth and community in the DACA program in August and spoke about her background. That speech and her TEDx talk, Nafees said, is what she believes caused Tuyet Duong, senior adviser for WHIAAPI, to encourage Nafees to apply and eventually be selected as an ambassador."

Their Success

Texas Tech Law Wins 31st National Championship

Texas Tech University School of Law secured its 31st national advocacy championship at the American Bar Association Arbitration Competition in Chicago.

The win is the law school’s third national title in the 2013–2014 academic year, following its championships at the Hassell National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and at the National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition in Malibu, California, last fall.

Their Success

Student Spotlight: Marines Helped Put Red Raider on Right Path

Zachary Lindsey was headed down a dark road in his early 20s. He was always looking for trouble and never worried about the consequences.

Little did he know, one decision would change his life for the better.

Their Success

Student-Run Sportscast Picked up by Fox Sports

The Double T Insider, a student-run sportscast produced in a partnership between the Texas Tech University College of Media & Communication and the athletic department, will air this season on both Fox College Sports and Fox Sports Southwest, the college announced Tuesday.

“This program will provide media and communication students with real-world production experience while informing Red Raider nation about the achievements of our student-athletes,” said David Hougland, Texas Tech director of broadcast services.

Their Success

Quiz Bowl Team Captures National Championship for Second Straight Year

Texas Tech University’s Meat Science Academic Quiz Bowl Team earned the title of National Champions at the 67th Reciprocal Meat Conference (RMC) in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Red Raiders entered two teams in the contest, sponsored by Hormel, finishing first and third against 27 other teams from the top meat science programs at 19 universities. Colorado State University finished second.

Their Success

Personal Financial Planning Students Take National Prize

Students from the Department of Personal Financial Planning at Texas Tech University have captured first place at the Industry Issues Competition hosted by the Foundation for Financial Service Professionals at the organization’s annual conference, The Arizona Institute.

Graduate students Whitney Neal of Brady, Candace Scholz of Alice, and Michael Walsh of Florham Park, N.J. defended Texas Tech’s national title last week against competition from the University of Missouri at St. Louis and California State Northridge. With this victory, Neal, Scholz and Walsh bring home $5,000 in scholarship money for their department and keep Texas Tech University in the national spotlight for the second year in a row.

Jan 10, 2017