As Chancellor of Texas Tech University Kent Hance works diligently to raise funds for Tech, but now he's taken on another job at the university. To one group of students, the chancellor is now known as Professor Hance.
The 57 students enrolled in Success and Transitioning from College to the Real World say they feel lucky to learn from such a distinguished instructor, Texas Tech's very own Chancellor Kent Hance.
"There's no better way to learn than from someone with his credentials. That's the best way to be successful in life is to learn from other successful people," says Ben Montecillo, a student in Hance's class.
As a former Texas State Senator and U.S. Congressman, his students say there's no one more qualified to teach the course at Tech. So every Wednesday, Hance deserts his office in the Administration Building and enters a classroom in the Human Sciences Building to entertain as well as impart his wisdom and advice on how to be a success in life.
But this is not Hance's first time to be referred to as professor. He taught Business Law at Tech for five years back in the 1970s.
"I missed the classroom. I love being with the students. They have a lot of ideas and I like to try and provoke them," says Hance.
Hance plans to do that through class-involved lectures. The course will also include papers and, yes, even tests. And Hance warns he's not afraid of handing out the letter F.
"If they don't come to class, then the odds go up they will fail," says Hance.
Empty seats shouldn't be a problem though because his students say this is one class they won't cut.
"I think you're going to come out of this class with more than any other class you could take at Tech," says Ashley Phillips, a student in Hance's class.
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