Beyond the Horizon: Our New Campaign for Texas Tech

Since 1923, the Texas Tech University System has prepared generations of leaders, addressed challenges facing Texas and the world, and proved that great things happen here.

Paul Horn, the first president of Texas Technological College, said that “everything that is done on these West Texas plains ought to be on a big scale,” and I share his vision of great things for Texas Tech.

Today we have announced the most ambitious fundraising effort in our history - Vision & Tradition: The Campaign for Texas Tech. This campaign will impact the entire Texas Tech University System, and will spur a time of growth for all three of our institutions: Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Angelo State University.

Many of you remember the successes of the Horizon Campaign led by our first chancellor, John T. Montford. The five-year fundraising effort brought in $511 million for the Texas Tech University System, sparking an explosion of growth in facilities, academic programs and endowment funds at all of our institutions. More importantly, the Horizon Campaign reminded us to look beyond the horizon, to consider the potential of our institutions and to imagine greater possibilities for Texas Tech.

Almost 10 years later, we find ourselves again on the cusp of greatness. Texas Tech University is poised to become the next Tier 1 university in the state, raising the national profile of our oldest institution and adding significant value to every Red Raider’s degree. Angelo State University is leading its peer institutions with proven leadership in mathematics, physics, military services and international studies. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is breaking new ground in border healthcare and advancing the caliber of its academic curriculum and research.

Vision & Tradition: The Campaign for Texas Tech gives all of us the opportunity to help realize the potential of this moment for the schools we love. Our $1 billion goal sets a bold vision for what we can achieve and assures that we have the resources to achieve it.

Together, we will invest in our students by creating scholarships that reward academic accomplishment and encourage diversity. We will invest in our faculty by establishing endowments that attract world-class scholars who are as accomplished in the classroom as they are in their research. And, we will invest in our institutions by building spaces where our students and faculty can learn, discover and compete.

Major fundraising campaigns always begin with a silent phase, a time when we begin counting gifts and commitments toward our campaign goal. Texas Tech began that process in September 2005. Today I am proud to announce that we have already raised more than half of our goal, a total of $606 million — well beyond the final total of the Horizon Campaign and easily the most successful fundraising effort in our history. However, we’re only getting started. We have until 2013 to reach the $1 billion mark, and I am confident that our alumni and friends are equal to the challenge.

Joining me in leading this effort are two individuals who are among the strongest advocates and supporters of the great things happening here at Texas Tech: Jerry S. Rawls, executive chairman of Finisar Corporation, and Edward E. Whitacre Jr., chairman of the board of General Motors Company.

All of us at Texas Tech are grateful for the leadership and generosity both of these outstanding alumni have shown to the Texas Tech University System. They bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and leadership to their roles as chairmen of this campaign.

Vision & Tradition: The Campaign for Texas Tech marks an exciting time of growth and accomplishment that will shape the future of the entire Texas Tech University System and leave a lasting legacy here at Texas Tech. I hope you will join with me as we celebrate this new endeavor, embracing our traditions and envisioning an even greater future for the Texas Tech University System.

From here, it’s possible.

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