Wednesday on KFYO Mornings with Dave King and Matt Martin, Texas Tech President Dr. Lawrence Schovanec joined Dave and Matt to talk about new hires at the university, the future of the Coliseum & Auditorium, Texas Tech baseball, the new Texas Tech in Costa Rica and more.

Dr. Schovanec started the discussion by talking about Texas Tech's new hire, Dr. Herrera-Estrella, who is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a world-renowned cotton researcher. He will bring a group of five or six to Texas Tech, where a new greenhouse will be constructed where they will conduct their research.

The Texas Tech president also talked about the future of the coliseum auditorium, which was recently voted on in favor of turning back over to Texas Tech. In the fall of 2018 Texas Tech will take possession of the facilities where they will have to pay for maintenance and utilities.

Dr. Schovanec explained that they need to assess the cost and decide what is going to be built there afterwords, but that after the ABC Rodeo this year, plans for demolition will begin.

"Given the cost of maintaining that building, it's probably not going to stay there a long time. I would hope that maybe within a year we might see some demolition, but we want to make sure we are talking to people who might be affected by this."

They also discussed the new Texas Tech facility opening in Costa Rica. "There were a group of individuals there who were looking for a partner to start a university that had sort of a national stature," Schovanec explained. The new building is a several story, state of the art facility that offers unique courses for students down in Costa Rica.

Watch the full interview in the video above.

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