Schovanec Talks Special Session Money for Tech and Cheese Factory
Wednesday on Sunrise LBK with Dave King and Tom Collins, The President of Texas Tech University Dr. Lawrence Schovanec joined Dave and Tom to talk about Tech football, the money they were granted from the special session, their enrollment numbers, the cheese factory coming to Lubbock, and more.
The first topic that Dr. Schovanec requested to delve into concerned the recent special session, where he said there was some good news for Tech. The President started by thanking Chairman Burrows, Senator Perry, and Senator Frullo for their help in Tech getting authorized $80 million dollars in tuition revenue bonds that can be used for construction across multiple campuses. Tech is planning to construct a new 130,000 sq. ft., $100 million building called the Academic Sciences Building on its campus. The plans for the building have already been finalized, and he thinks it will cause a lot of movement in other facilities at Tech who will then need some refurbishing. "You're going to see a lot of construction on campus," Schovanec said. Additionally, he explained that there has been a $20 million gift from Dusty Womble for the construction of a new Football Training Facility, which will be a $40-50 million project.
The President was also asked about the cheese factory that is being constructed in Lubbock, and how Tech has been involved with the project. Schovanec said that, while they were not the deal maker in this project as that credit goes to John Osborne and the Mayor, he did go visit one of their facilities in Colorado, as well as some of their representatives coming to Tech. He went on to explain that the plant was looking for a region with a large population of students with a similar culture to the company, and so they have a management program to help get students involved and employed. Dr. Schovanec said that this is a great company with West Texas values, and so he thinks it will be a wonderful addition to the community.
Listen to the full interview with Dr. Schovanec in the audio above.