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Lawrence Schovanec, the president of Texas Tech University, was hospitalized Monday afternoon after experiencing a medical emergency, according to Tech officials, but he is expected to make a full recovery.

In a statement released by the Texas Tech University System around 7 p.m. Monday, Chancellor Dr. Tedd Mitchell said Schovenec was taken to a Lubbock hospital for evaluation and treatment and was in good condition Monday evening. The nature of the medical emergency was not immediately clear.

Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec speaks during the Red Raider Club kickoff dinner on Wednesday, August 23, 2023, at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec speaks during the Red Raider Club kickoff dinner on Wednesday, August 23, 2023, at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec speaks during the Red Raider Club kickoff dinner on Wednesday, August 23, 2023, at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

“Our entire Texas Tech University System is with President Schovanec and his family in our thoughts and prayers,” Mitchell’s statement said. “I am working closely with university leadership and will continue to provide updates as they become available.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Mitchell released another statement to the TTU community saying Schovanec “remains in stable condition and the outlook for a full recovery is promising.”

The Chancellor further stated that the system administration is working with staff in the President’s Office to ensure that Schovanec focuses on his health for the remainder of the week.

“We are grateful to everyone who has helped us and for the exceptional care he continues to receive,” Mitchell’s statement said. “We appreciate the outpouring of support and look forward to sharing further updates on his positive progress.”

Who is President Lawrence Schovanec?

Before becoming president, Schovanec was a professor in Tech’s mathematics department beginning in 1982. He rose through the ranks at Tech, becoming head of the mathematics department in 1998 and serving as interim dean of the College of Arts & Sciences for two years beginning in 2008.

Schovanec then served as provost, the university’s highest academic representative, in 2013 and as interim president from 2012 to 2013. He was finally named the university’s 17th president in 2016.

During his tenure, Schovanec awarded the university designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institute by the U.S. Department of Education and, in 2019, established the state’s first veterinary medicine school in over a century.

In 2020, Schovenec led the university through a pandemic while overseeing enrollment of over 40,000 students. Most recently, Schovenec was responsible for increasing state research spending at the university and reaffirming the institution’s status as “very research strong” in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

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Schovanec made history by working with the Texas Legislature to create the new Texas University Fund, a nearly $4 billion permanent endowment from the state to fund research opportunities at several universities across Texas. Texas Tech was a founding member of TUF and received about $44 million in its first year.

This article originally appeared in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Texas Tech President Schovanec hospitalized after medical emergency

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