It appears Texas Tech is close to naming a new president. On Wednesday the second of two finalists visited the University, and an announcement could come as soon as Friday.
Jon Whitmore came for a meet, greet and tour Texas Tech University. Whitmore is currently Provost and Professor of Theatre arts at the University of Iowa. However, he is no stranger to Texas. Before Iowa, where he's been for the last seven years, Whitmore was Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas. He and his wife consider moving back to Texas, moving home; and say they love the people and feel of Texas towns, especially one the size of Lubbock.
Whitmore says that he looks forward to leading Tech to Tier One status, and says his plan would be to help the University raise money, balance and battle the budget, as well as continuing the growth.
"One of my goals at tech would be to increase the number of faculty, it may not be tomorrow or the next day or even the first month I'm here on how to develop a pool of money that would bring in at least 100 new faculty members into the institution", Jon Whitmore, TTU Presidential candidate said.
Whitmore says more faculty will better balance the University, in both the classrooms and for research. Whitmore has a full schedule of meetings and tours tomorrow, before he leaves Lubbock.
The Texas Tech Board of Regents meet this Friday and a Tech source tells us their could be an announcement then.