Texas Tech’s Marketing Partnership With Kansas City Chiefs & New Academic Building Construction
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 Tech's in person commencement ceremonies, the construction of the Academic Sciences Building, a marketing partnership with the Kansas City Chiefs, Tech's global rankings, funding in the legislative session, the vet school, and more.
One point of discussion that Dr. Schovanec talked about was the topics of Tech's meeting last week where they were approved for the continued construction of the Academic Sciences Building. The building would be 100,000 square feet, would be located behind the chemistry and finance buildings, and would cost about $100 million to build. "It's a chance to really upgrade our classroom and laboratory facilities. They are substandard for what our students expect and want," Schovanec said. The project has been in planning for over 2 years.
Schovanec also talked about the Tech board granting approval to sign a marketing agreement with the Kansas City Chiefs. He explained that it has been in the works for about a year, and the Chiefs would be their higher ed sponsor. Schovanec said that, since the Chiefs have such a broad national reach, that it will be a really exciting way to publicize Texas Tech and capitalize on the popularity of Patrick Mahomes. Schovanec went on to say that Mahomes is the face of the NFL, and that he's happy to not only have a famous alumni, but one who is such a good person. More info to come in the future.
The President was also asked about the Texas legislative session, and if Texas Tech is looking to get any money for funding. Schovanec said that they have received several million dollars for the Fall and Spring, and are now looking towards the future. He explained that there is a possibility for infrastructure support being distributed to universities, and they are hoping to get some, but are not yet sure if they will. Tech will, however, get funding for their primary request, the veterinary school. When asked how preparation for that school is going, Schovanec said that the first class has been admitted and will start in August, and contains around 64 people. Schovanec is glad that students are choosing to go to the Tech vet school, and believes there are many good reasons to do so.
Listen to the full interview with Texas Tech President Dr. Lawrence Schovanec in the audio above.