Texas Tech University — Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Texas Tech University (Texas Tech) invites nominations, inquiries, and applications for the role of Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost). 

Specifically, the Provost reports to the President and is the most senior advisor to the President on all academic matters.

Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University was created by legislative action in 1923 and has the distinction of being the largest comprehensive higher education institution in the western two-thirds of the state of Texas. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education ranks the University as R1: Very High Research Activity and is one of 131 U.S. institutions with this designation. In 2020, Texas Tech research expenditures set a record, exceeding $192 million, while awards from federal agencies set an all-time institutional record in the same year. Texas Tech has also earned the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, recognizing collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. 

Texas Tech’s campus covers 1,869 acres and is comprised of 10 colleges, a graduate school, a law school, and a new School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo, TX. The University offers more than 150 undergraduate, over 100 master’s, and 50 doctoral degree programs. Texas Tech has an enrollment of more than 40,000 and a budget exceeding $1 billion, and is home to some of the most inventive, innovative, and creative faculty in the nation. The University fosters an environment that celebrates student accomplishment, provides the best in facilities and academics, and places a strong emphasis on student success. Texas Tech students come from almost every county in Texas, all 50 states, and more than 100 foreign countries. Students perform at a high academic level as demonstrated by the presence of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi chapters, as well as other disciplinary honor societies, and graduate and undergraduate students also win prestigious, nationally competitive scholarships such as the William J. Fulbright and Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships.

In Fall 2019, Texas Tech was designated a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), making it one of only 16 HSIs that are also Carnegie Research 1 institutions. Texas Tech also recently received a ninth consecutive Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine, and this fall earned a five out of five stars on the Campus Pride Index, a national benchmark for measuring progress in creating an inclusive campus learning environment for LGBTQIA students, faculty, and staff. Texas Tech is consistently recognized as a top institution for military veterans and their families and was also ranked in the top 10 (#9) in an APLU-sponsored poll of corporate recruiters nationwide as the school whose graduates were the best-trained, educated, and able to succeed once hired. Texas Tech is a very diverse campus, and it is critical that the successful candidate help the institution sustain momentum for the improvement of equity and inclusion. For more information about Texas Tech, http://www.ttu.edu/.  

The Texas Tech University System

The Texas Tech University System was formed in 1996 and formally established by the State of Texas three years later in 1999. Since its inception, the TTU System has emerged as one of the top public university systems in the nation and is a dynamic force in higher education. 

Today, the TTU System is comprised of four institutions—Texas Tech University (TTU), Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC), Angelo State University (ASU) and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso—and operates in 17 cities throughout the State of Texas and internationally. Overall, the TTU System and its universities provide academic offerings in 20 locations. 

Position Overview

The Provost is the Chief Academic Officer of Texas Tech University and provides leadership for the overall academic mission of the University. Specifically, the Provost is responsible for the academic planning of the university; the quality of the educational experience through oversight of the curriculum and support of educational initiatives; the review of all faculty appointments, promotions, and tenure; compliance with institutional policies and external regulations, including accreditations; and establishing collaborations to support sustainable institutional budgeting, the development and enhancement of the research effort, and the expansion of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. 

The Provost will ensure excellence in academics throughout the institution while sustaining institutional enrollment and strengthening Texas Tech’s current high academic standards for undergraduate and graduate students. The Provost will also coordinate activities with other institutional vice presidents that advance institutional strategic priorities and are an investment intended to enhance the national and international profile of Texas Tech’s research, scholarship, and creative activity. In addition, the Provost will partner with institutional leaders in scholarship, outreach, and education to build regional, national, and international collaborations, and enhance the international reputation of Texas Tech.


Ideal candidates for the position will possess:

  • An earned terminal degree from an accredited institution and demonstrate a record of research/scholarly excellence meriting appointment as a full professor with tenure in a university academic department as well as an accomplished record of achievement in extramural funding.
  • A record of successful advocacy for the concerns and opportunities of the fields/disciplines of a large comprehensive public university including the arts & humanities, the social sciences, STEM, and the professional programs, along with the commitment and ability to bring effective multidisciplinary collaboration and outreach to achieve shared institutional goals.
  • A wide range of excellent communication skills to clearly and succinctly articulate the Texas Tech academic mission and vision to both internal and external constituencies.
  • Experience creating and fostering strategic partnerships aimed at enhancing the quality and diversity of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.
  • A commitment to hiring and retaining a high quality, diverse faculty and staff, and to encouraging diversity, inclusion, and equity at all levels of the institution.
  • Executive presence and strong planning, execution, and collaborative skills.
  • Experience working with faculty, staff, and students to promote academic excellence, equity, and diversity throughout the institution.
  • A demonstrated commitment to the concept of a student-centered institution, with a strong student orientation and a dedication to preparing students for success in a global environment.
  • Unquestioned integrity and demonstrated leadership accomplishments and administrative abilities.
  • A strong commitment to shared university governance.
  • Significant budgetary management skills and the ability to ensure institutional accountability, fiscal responsibility, and the effective performance of all academic divisions in the University.
  • A strong understanding of the workings of a complex university system, to include knowledge and experience concerning current “best practices” in higher education, skillful resource allocation, and familiarity with the business operations of other successful large comprehensive organizations.

For a full position description and list of qualifications, please visit: https://www.storbeckpimentel.com/pd/TTUProvost.pdf  

Application and Nomination Process

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately. Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience. Submission of materials via e-mail is strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should include the name and contact information of the nominee. All nominations and applications will be handled in confidence. Applications will remain confidential until the selection of the finalists, whose names and application materials will be made public.

Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
6512 Painter Avenue
Whittier, CA 90601
Email: apsearch@storbeckpimentel.com
Refer to code “TTU-Provost” in subject line

As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.