Alumni and officials gather in Austin to support TTU System legislative agenda
Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A., president of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, joined other Texas Tech University System leaders in Austin on March 5 for Texas Tech System Day.
Held every other year, the event gives supporters an opportunity to visit with members of the Texas legislature to advocate for the Texas Tech University System. Around 300 alumni and supporters of TTU System institutions began arriving on March 4 for an evening welcome event and to learn more about the system’s priorities in the 86th Legislative Session, including the following exceptional item requests:
Angelo State University – Academic & Student Success
Texas Tech University – School of Veterinary Medicine
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center – Mental Health Institute
TTUHSC El Paso – Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine
Exceptional item requests are requests for funding of projects that stand to serve and solve significant needs in Texas.
March 5 started off with about 200 TTU System supporters traveling to the Texas Supreme Court building where the TTU System chancellor and university presidents spoke to legislators about their institutions and the TTU System. Later in the morning, the State Senate passed a resolution recognizing Texas Tech System Day.
State Sen. Jose Rodriguez (D-El Paso) joined other senators in discussions about the TTU System and TTUHSC El Paso in particular.
Rodriguez highlighted the growth of TTUHSC El Paso since it was established as a standalone university in 2013. He credited the support and investment by the state and local community for the success of TTUHSC El Paso, which expects to welcome its first class of dental students in 2021.
“These investments … have translated into more health care providers in El Paso and West Texas, helping to alleviate significant shortages in doctors, nurses and other health care physicians,” Rodriguez said. “I commend Dr. Rick Lange … our founding president, for his incredible leadership and commitment to closing the gaps in access to higher education, as well as to health care.”