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Nexstar: Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell named Texas Tech University System Chancellor

LUBBOCK, Texas (NEWS RELEASE) - The following is a news release from the Texas Tech University System: The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents today (Oct. 25) unanimously voted to name Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell the fifth chancellor of the TTU System in a special-called meeting of the board. Mitchell, who arrived in Lubbock in 2010 as president of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC), will serve a dual role as chancellor of the system while remaining president of TTUHSC. “To become the chancellor of a university system of this caliber is the honor of a lifetime,” said Mitchell. “The Texas Tech University System is a special place with significant responsibility and opportunity, and I am grateful for the support of the Board of Regents, my fellow presidents and our entire Red Raider and Ram families. Serving as the chancellor, while also continuing as TTUHSC president, provides a critical link in remaining directly connected to our faculty and students. My dedication to both roles will be unwavering, and I look forward to a strong and successful future for our four universities.” The Board of Regents named Mitchell the sole finalist for the position of chancellor on Oct. 4 during his tenure as interim chancellor, which began Sept. 1. “Throughout the past few months, Dr. Mitchell has been invaluable in maintaining the momentum of the Texas Tech University System during a time of transition,” said Chairman of the Board of Regents Tim Lancaster. “He is a proven leader who acts thoughtfully and with integrity. Tedd’s love of our universities and belief in our mission is evident. The Board of Regents looks forward to working with him in this new capacity and are confident we will continue to achieve great things under his leadership.” Mitchell will serve as the chancellor and chief executive officer for the TTU System, which includes four universities: Texas Tech University, TTUHSC, Angelo State University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. The TTU System was established in 1996 and currently operates on 17 campuses statewide and internationally. Mitchell became president of TTUHSC on May 17, 2010 and is the university’s longest-tenured president. During this time, TTUHSC has grown to graduate more health care professionals than any other health-related institution in the state. Under his leadership, TTUHSC has experienced the largest facility expansion since its inception and successfully established the system’s fourth university, TTUHSC El Paso. During his tenure as president, Mitchell and the TTUHSC leadership team have raised more than $186.7 million in philanthropic activity with public support. Prior to coming to TTUHSC, Mitchell served as president and CEO of the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, an internationally-recognized center of excellence in preventive and sports medicine. Mitchell is an Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Texas Medical Branch, where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1987. After graduation he pursued training in Internal Medicine. In 2012, Mitchell was honored as a distinguished alumnus of the Department of Internal Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Sports Medicine.  From 1988 to 1996, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserves (Medical Corps). Mitchell is married to Dr. Janet Tornelli-Mitchell. They met while in medical school and practiced together for nearly two decades. The Mitchells have three children, Katherine, an assistant district attorney in Dallas, Charlie, a petroleum engineer in Dallas and a Texas Tech University alumnus, and Chris, a Texas Tech University alumnus, living in Philadelphia pursuing a master’s degree at Villanova University. What they are saying about Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell: ROBERT DUNCAN, Former Texas Tech University System Chancellor (2014-2018): “Tedd has a long, rich history of experience and service within the Texas Tech University System as he has led Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center to new levels of excellence. We’ve shared a vision for the purpose and future of the system, and he has been essential in advancing many of our top priorities. He is an outstanding leader and a greater friend. Terri and I look forward to what Tedd and Janet will accomplish and are confident continued great things are on the horizon with them leading the way.” LAWRENCE SCHOVANEC, Texas Tech University President: “The great progress made at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center reflects the effectiveness of Dr. Mitchell’s leadership. Working together as presidents provided special insight into his talents and personality that will now benefit the entire Texas Tech University System. Dr. Mitchell is the right person to lead the Texas Tech University System at this very critical time and I commend our Board of Regents on their excellent decision.” KENT HANCE, Former Texas Tech University System Chancellor (2006-2014): “I’ve known Tedd Mitchell for 30 years and believe he is an excellent choice to lead the Texas Tech University System at a time when our institutions are growing and excelling more than ever before. He has the depth of leadership and breadth of experience necessary to lead a system of this stature. Tedd understands the needs and visions of the presidents, and I am confident he will ensure our institutions thrive. He and Janet will represent us proudly and be great partners for the system and our communities.” JODEY ARRINGTON, U.S. Representative (TX-19th District): “Congratulations to my friend Dr. Tedd Mitchell on being named the fifth Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System. I’ve known Dr. Mitchell and his wife for many years and had the privilege of working with him while serving as Vice Chancellor at the Texas Tech System. Dr. Mitchell has a West Texas way about him and the rare ability to connect with folks in academia as well as the broader community of students, faculty and alum. He and Janet will be a great leadership team for Raider Nation, Angelo State, and all components of the Texas Tech University System. I give him, two ‘Guns Up!’” CHARLES PERRY, State Senator (TX-28th District): "The Texas Tech University System will be in good hands under the leadership of Chancellor Tedd Mitchell. He has a remarkable track record as president of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and has proven time and again that he is the right person for this job. I firmly believe that he will be able to build upon the legacy of chancellors before him." DUSTIN BURROWS, Texas Representative (District 83): “Dr. Mitchell has my full support. I look forward to working with him and his team during the upcoming legislative session to support the Texas Tech System, particularly the creation of the veterinary school." JOHN FRULLO, Texas Representative (District 84): "I would like to congratulate Dr. Tedd Mitchell on the appointment of Chancellor. Dr. Mitchell has done an outstanding job as the president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and I look forward to continuing to work with him in his expanded role on the pressing issues facing Texas Tech next session." (News release from the Texas Tech University System)