A day before he was scheduled to fly to Wisconsin for a job interview at the state university, Dr. David Smith pulled the plug. "We've decided to withdraw from being considered at the University of Wisconsin system," he said.
The top post at the 160,000 student University of Wisconsin, not enough to lure away Tech's Chancellor. "We've got unfinished business here at Texas Tech University.
Smith's investment at Texas Tech goes back eight years. His current initiative - Path to Preeminence, or as he calls it, "unfinished business." The goals? Increase faculty at the university by 120. Add 20 to 30 faculty at the Health Sciences Center. Bolster scholarships, boost medical research, and fight the state legislature over funding cuts.
"This job is about on any given day helping a kid get through college, whether or not we can take the burden off the cost of higher education - its whether or not the faculty has the tools they need, and if we have enough faculty. That's all I care about," he said.