Lawrence Schovanec, PhD
Lawrence Schovanec, PhD, began his role as the 17th president of Texas Tech University in August 2016. He previously served as chair of the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, interim university president, and, most recently, provost. During Schovanec’s tenure as president, Texas Tech has been designated a Hispanic-serving institution, was reaffirmed as a Carnegie Foundation Research 1 institution, and opened a branch campus in San José, Costa Rica. In 2018, Texas Tech received the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award from the Association of Pubic and Land-grant Universities and the Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization from NAFSA. In all of his administrative roles, Schovanec has emphasized the importance of student success, teaching excellence, and scholarship support. Schovanec received a doctorate in mathematics from Indiana University and has published primarily in the areas of biomechanical and physiological control systems and solid mechanics.