The Texas Tech University System could soon be looking for a new chancellor.
NewsChannel 11 has learned that Texas Tech Chancellor Dr. David Smith could soon be named the Chancellor of the University System of Georgia. We're told that Smith has interviewed for the top spot there and is unofficially a finalist for the job. That basically means that they have a short list and they have not made an official announcement. We're also told that none of theses candidates have anything in writing.
The chairperson of the chancellor search released this statement about the position: "We are seeking someone who has a history of creative solutions to challenges and who exhibits a willingness and ability to confront difficult choices."
The Chancellor of the University System of Georgia oversees 35 institutions including: 2 regional universities, 15 state universities, 2 state colleges and 13 two-year colleges. These institutions enroll more than 250,000 students, employ more than 9,000 faculty and 30,000 employees.
The Georgia Board of Regents is expected to announce their selection sometime in December with a starting date of January 2, 2006.
You'll remember Smith was appointed Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System in May 2002 after serving six years as President of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
Smith served as Senior Vice President of Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas and Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director of Parkland's Community Oriented Primary Care Program from 1989-1992. He received his bachelor's degree from Cornell University and medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. He completed his pediatrics residency at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
We contacted Smith's office Friday, and they say they cannot confirm anything at this time. We're also told to expect an announcement early next week.