TTU System Universities Celebrate Chancellor’s Council Award Recipients

Across the Texas Tech University System, faculty and staff gathered at campus events to recognize the 2020 recipients of the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards.

Funded by membership gifts to the Chancellor’s Council, the awards are the system’s highest faculty accolades. Texas Tech University System Chancellor Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., announced this year’s 12 winners earlier this month.

“It’s an honor to join families and friends at each of our universities to celebrate these incredible faculty members.”

Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D.Chancellor
Texas Tech University System

“It’s an honor to join families and friends at each of our universities to celebrate these incredible faculty members. The work they do each day to advance human knowledge and impact students’ lives is inspiring, and I am grateful that our Chancellor’s Council members continue to make these honors possible,” Mitchell said.

To commemorate the award, the chancellor presented each recipient with a medallion engraved with the seal of the Texas Tech University System and a $5,000 stipend.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

In El Paso, faculty and staff gathered on Feb. 10 to celebrate their campus’ distinguished faculty member from the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso President Richard Lange, joined Mitchell in recognizing Thwe Htay, recipient of the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award.

“Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso strives to ensure quality health care for people in the border region and beyond. Outstanding educators are crucial to our mission of training future generations of health care professionals, and we proudly celebrate Dr. Htay’s accomplishments, contributions and commitment to medical education,” Lange said.

Texas Tech University

The Texas Tech University System’s flagship institution celebrated it’s recipients of the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards at a Feb. 12 event held at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center in Lubbock.

“By honoring exceptional educators and researchers, the Chancellor’s Council underscores the importance of our faculty and our appreciation of their contributions,” said Lawrence Schovanec, Texas Tech University president. “Whether challenging students to excel or pursuing new discoveries, these scholars make a difference in the lives of our students and address challenges that are important to our state and the nation. We are proud to celebrate their accomplishments.”

Texas Tech University’s recipients included:

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

On Feb. 13, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center faculty and staff gathered at the Academic Event Center to celebrate their institution’s Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching and Research Award winners.

Lori Rice-Spearman, interim president of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, recognized the university’s award recipients together with Mitchell.

“Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is known nationally for our academic excellence because of the outstanding efforts of these awardees. They have each established themselves on a national stage in their respective fields; however, to be recognized among your peers for your efforts and contributions holds a different level of pride and validation.

“I’m grateful for the generous support from the Chancellor’s Council as a way to recognize and show appreciation to these faculty members for their work,” Rice-Spearman said.

The university’s three honorees included:

Angelo State University

Angelo State University recognized their campus’ faculty winner at the Feb. 21 reception honoring Chancellor’s Council members in Lubbock.

Angelo State University President Brian J. May joined Mitchell in recognizing Eddie F. Holik III, recipient of the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Research Award.

“With international contributions in the field of physics, Dr. Holik demonstrates the far-reaching impact of Angelo State University faculty. Research is an essential part of this university’s mission, and I appreciate the Chancellor’s Council for recognizing one of our distinguished faculty members,” May said.

About the Chancellor's Council

Recognizing important role of giving across all four universities, the Chancellor’s Council recognizes donors who make annual gifts to support the chancellor’s vision and enable the Texas Tech University Systems’ four universities to pursue bold solutions to global challenges.

In addition to the Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards, the organization impacts student lives through scholarships, supports the chancellor’s collaborative research priorities and encourages excellence by investing in emerging growth opportunities. Last year, members of the organization supported the TTU System’s efforts to secure funding for Texas Tech University’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso’s Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine.

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