Dr. Schovanec Talks Officer Memorial Service and School Safety
Wednesday on KFYO Mornings with Dave King and Matt Martin the President of Texas Tech University Dr. Lawrence Schovanec joined Dave and Matt to talk about the board of regents, the memorial service for Officer Floyd East Jr., security at Tech, the false evacuation notice that went out, an athletic cafeteria, and more.
Schovanec started the discussion by talking about the new chairman of the board of regents, Tim Lancaster, who was previously the vice chair, but stepped into the position of chairman after Rick Francis stepped down. Schovanec said that Lancaster is a fabulous person who is very calm and rational.
Yesterday was the memorial service for Officer Floyd East Jr., who was shot and killed one year ago on the Texas Tech Campus. Schovanec said that he regrets that he was not able to be there for the memorial service, having business to take care of with the vet school. In the wake of Officer East Jr.'s death, Texas Tech has made efforts to improve school safety. Schovanec explained that they have enlisted the DPS to do a study on safety practices at the school, and that this has helped them make improvements such as having new cameras, automatic locks on doors that can be controller centrally, and new policies for the police department that relate to processing people. Schovanec also spoke on the false alarm that was sent out last week, and more specifically, the delay that some people had on the alert. He explained that email is a very poor way to get an emergency notice out, and encourages the community to provide their information so that Tech can send a text rather than slow email.
President Schovanec was also asked about the athletic cafeteria that is planned for athletes attending Tech, and why it is being constructed. Schovanec explained that when athletes are recruited, they are sold a "total package" that helps the school cover their personal and academic development. With the athlete's often very busy schedules, it will help to have their own cafeteria. The cafeteria will not be funded with state dollars, but instead with donations that Texas Tech has received.
Watch the whole interview with Dr. Lawrence Schovanec in the video above.