Texas Tech has hired a new vice chancellor to focus on the education of those taking courses at places other than the campus.

Tim Hudson has been hired as a vice chancellor with a focus on distance education and academic affairs, Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance announced Monday morning.

Hudson comes to Tech from his position as special assistant to the chancellor for international programs and initiatives at the University of Houston system. He also served as president of the University of Houston-Victoria from 2004 to 2010.

Hudson was removed from his position at UHV last year, and backers say it was a punishment for an attempt to realign the school with Texas A&M University. There have also been talks of aligning the university with Texas Tech.

Dr. Hudson will coordinate and support distance education and online programs at each of the Texas Tech University System institutions.

Hudson said “I believe the component institutions have great potential to become leaders in this field and play a key role in helping the state achieve its ‘Closing the Gaps’ goals. I am excited to be a part of a team committed to making high-quality higher education more accessible and taking the system’s programs to the next level.”

Chancellor Hance elaborated on Hudson’s hiring, saying “With Dr. Hudson’s leadership, our institutions will be at the forefront of distance and online education, providing our students with the best possible opportunities to succeed.”

Hudson will begin his role at Texas Tech on August 1st.