Texas Tech Names Presidential Finalist - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/8/03

Texas Tech Names Presidential Finalist

Dr. Jon Whitmore is expected to be the next president for Texas Tech. But there's a waiting period of 21 days before he'll actually wear the title. In the meantime, Chancellor Dr. David Smith and the Board of Regents say Whitmore will do good things for Texas Tech.

"He's just a great human being. Someone who brought charisma, compassion to higher education and a firm understanding of what it takes. As he said yesterday (Thursday) to me, people come first, the students, the faculty. And that's why he's here today (Friday). The 14th president of TTU. Dr. Jon Whitmore," said Chancellor Smith as he announces their choice for President.

Already sporting his Texas Tech pin on his lapel, Dr. Whitmore is already thinking ahead for Texas Tech. Dr. Whitmore visited campus this week. A growing campus faced with big state funding issues. "Funding is a big issue. But my first priority is taking care of staff and faculty. They haven't had a raise for a while. I'm going to work and figure out a way to use resources to do that," Whitmore said.

Along with funding, the Texas Tech president has a lot more to handle. Like overseeing administration and academics. He will report to the Chancellor. His salary is undetermined.. But Chancellor Smith said it will be somewhere close to $250,000 a year.

A big change for Dr. Whitmore, who is currently the Provost and Professor of Theatre Arts at the University of Iowa, and has been for six years. "I think he brings great credentials to the community and he has an outstanding reputation. I think he's going to do a great job," said Robert Black, Chairman of the Board of Regents.

So, from Hawkeye to Red Raider, Dr. Whitmore says he's ready. Ready for the challenge of making Texas Tech a stronger institution for students.

Whitmore was one out of 112 candidate who applied for the presidential position. Whitmore also says that he's done a little driving around the community to check out a view neighborhoods where he might want to live.

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