A Listing of the Administrative Heads of Texas Tech University

A common patron question is in regards to who are the administrative heads of Texas Tech University departments and colleges, as well as who are members of the Board of Regents.  Photographs of various Texas Tech faculty, administrators, Board of Regent members, and coaches have been digitized and are available for online viewing here.

The dates listed below come from old school catalogs and reference file material.  This list may not reflect the most current administrators, and therefore it may be advisable to visit the Texas Tech website for more information.

TTU Chancellors, Presidents, Provosts, Deans, Athletic Directors and Coaches, Marching Band Directors, and Board of Regents


Chancellors, started in 1996
1     John T. Montford, 1996-2001
2     Dr. David R. Smith, 2001-2006
2b   Donald R. Haragan, Interim Chancellor, 2006
3     Kent Hance, Chancellor, 2006-2014
4     Robert Duncan, Chancellor, 2014-present

Presidents, started in 1925
1     Paul Whitfield Horn, 1925-1932
1b   Mrs. F. N. Drane, interim following Horn's passing 1932
2     Bradford Knapp, 1932-1938
2b   Mrs. John Haley, a Board of Director member served interim in 1938 following Knapp's passing
3     Clifford B. Jones, 1938-1944
4     William M. Whyburn, 1944-1948
5     Dossie Marion Wiggins, 1948-1952
6     Edward N. Jones, 1952-1959
7     Robert Cabiness Goodwin, 1960-1966
8     Grover E. Murray, 1966-1976
9     Cecil Mackey, 1976-1979
9b   Lawrence Graves, interim 1979
10   Lauro F. Cavazos, 1980-1988
10b  Elizabeth G. Haley, interim 1988-1989
11   Robert W. Lawless, 1989-1996
12   Donald R. Haragan, 1996-2000
13   David J. Schmidly, 2000-2003
13b Donald R. Haragan, interim 2003
14   Jon Whitmore, 2003-2008
15   Guy Bailey, 2008-2012
15b  Lawrence Schovanec, interim August, 2012-June, 2013
16   Duane Nellis, 2013-2016
16b John Opperman, interim, 2016
17   Lawrence Schovanec, June, 2016-present

Provosts (may be incomplete list so far)
1    Don Haragan, interim from 1985-1988, then permanent provost from 1988-1996
2    John Burns, 1997-2003
3    Bill Marcy, 2003-2008
4    Jane Weiner, 2008-2009
5    Bob Smith, February, 2009-May, 2013
6    Lawrence Schovanec, interim from June-December, 2013, then permanent provost from January, 2014-May 2016
7    Michael Galyean, interim from May (?) 2016-February 2017, then permanent provost from March 29, 2017-present

Deans
     College of Agricultural Sciences, started in 1925 [later called the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources]
1    Arthur H. Leidigh, 1925-1945
2    W. L. Stangel, 1945-1958
3    Gerald W. Thomas, 1958-1967
3b   J. Wayland Bennett, interim 1968
4    Gerald W. Thomas, 1968-1970
4b  Samuel E. Curl, interim 1970-1971
5    Anson R. Bertrand, 1971-1978
6    William F. Bennett, 1978-1979, interim 1979-1980
7    Samuel Everett. Curl, 1979-1997
7b  Robert C. Albin, interim 1998
8    John R. Abernathy, 1999-2004
9    Marvin Cepica, Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, 2004-2007
10  John M. Burns, Interim Dean in 2007, then becomes the permanent Dean from 2008-2011
11  Michael Galyean, interim dean in Feb 2011, then becomes the permanent Dean in April 2012
12  Steve Fraze, interim dean in 2016-present

     College of Architecture- started in 1986
1   A. Dudley Thompson, interim 1986-1987
2     R. Wayne Drummond, 1987-1990
2b   Williard B. Robinson, interim 1990-1991, passed away during term
2c   Michael A. Jones, interim Fall 1991
3     Martin J. Harms, Spring 1991
4     R. Wayne Drummond, Fall 1991
4b   Willard B. Robinson, interim 1992
4c   Michael A. Jones, interim 1993
5    Martin J. Harms, 1994-1998
6    James E. White, 1999-2002
6b  John Borrelli, interim 2002
7    Andrew Vernooy, 2003-2016
8    Jim Williamson, 2016-present

     College of Arts and Sciences, started in 1925
1     James Marcus Gordon, 1926-1945
2     Robert Cabaniss Goodwin, 1945-1959
3     Sabe M. Kennedy, 1959-1966
4     Lorrin Garfield Kennamer Jr., 1967-1970
5     Lawrence Lester Graves, 1970-1983
6     William B. Conroy, 1984-1986
7     Joe R. Goodin, 1986-1991 
8     Jane L. Winer, 1991-2010
9     Lawrence Schovanec, 2010-2012
10   Jeffrey Williams, interim 2012-?
11   W. Brent Lindquist, ?-2017

     College of Business Administration, started in 1942
1     John Orval Ellsworth, 1942-1946
2     Trent Campbell Root, 1945-1959
3     Haskell Grant Taylor, acting 1948-1966
4     George Gail Heather, 1950-1968
4b   Reginald Rushing, interim, 1968-1970
6     Jack Donald Steele, 1970-1975
7     Carl H. Stem, 1975-1998 
8     Roy D. Howell, interim 1998, then becomes the permanent Dean from 1999-2001
8b   R. Stephen Sears, interim 2001-2002
10   Allen T. McInnes, 2002-2012
11   Lance Nail, 2012-present

     College of Education, started in 1967
1     Donald McDonald, 1967-1968
2     Glen Barnett, 1968-1969
3     Gordon Lee, 1969-1972
4     Donald McDonald, 1972-1973
5     Robert H. Anderson, 1973-1983
6     Richard E. Ishler, 1983-1990
7     Charles W. Smith, 1990-1993
8     Elaine Jarchow, 1994-2000
8b   Larry Hovey, interim 2000
9     Greg Bowes, 2001
10   Gerald Skoog, 2002
11    Sheryl Linda Santos, 2003-2009
11b  Charles P. Ruch, Interim 2009-2010
12    Scott Ridley, 2011-present

     College of Engineering, started in 1925 [renamed the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering in 2009]
1     William J. Miller, 1925-1932
2     Otto Vincent Adams, 1932-1949
3     Oscar Allen St. Clair, 1949-1950
4     Dysart Edgar Holcomb, 1950-1955
5     John R. Bradford, 1955-1982
5b   Jimmy H. Smith, Interim 1982-1984
6    Mason H. Somerville, 1985-1995
7    Jorge I. Aunon, 1996-1998
8    William M. Marcy, interim 1999-2000, then becomes the permanent Dean in 2000
8b   James L. Smith, Interim Dean 2002-2004
9     Pamela A. Eibeck, Dean 2004-2009
9b   Jon C. Strauss, Interim 2009-2010
10   Albert Sacco Jr., 2011-present

     College of Home Economics/Human Sciences, started in 1925
1  Margaret W. Weeks, 1925-1953
2  Willa Vaughn Tinsley, 1953-1971
3  Donald S. Longworth, 1971-1981
4  Elizabeth G. Haley, 1981-2000
5  Linda C. Hoover, interim 2001, then becomes the permanent Dean in 2002-present

     College of Media and Communications, started in 2004 as the College of Mass Communications
1  Jerry Hudson, 2004-2013
2  David D. Perlmutter, 2013-present

     College of Visual Performing Arts, started in 2003
1  Dr. Gary W. Owens, 2003
2  Jonathon Marks, interim Dean, ?-2007
3  Carol D. Edwards, 2007-present
4  Noel Zahler, 2016-

     Dean of Student Life, started in 1952
1  James G. Allen, 1950-?

     Dean of Women
1  Mary Woodward Doak, 1925-1945
2  Margarette Wible Walker, 1948-?
3  Margaret Ann Twyman, 1950-?

     Graduate School, started in 1937
1  William Albert Jackson, 1937-1938
2  Robert Cabaniss Goodwin, 1938-1945
3  William Curry Holden, 1945-1950
4  William Bryan Gates, 1950-1963
5  Fred Durnford Rigby, 1963-1968
5b  Lawrence Lester Graves, interim 1968-1970
5C  Thomas A. Langford, interim 1970-1971
6  J. Knox Jones Jr., 1971-1984
7  Clyde Hendrick, 1984-1995
8  Thomas A. Langford, 1996
9  David J. Schmidly, 1997-2000
9b  Robert M. Sweazy, interim 2001
10  Ronald M. Anderson, 2002-2003
11   John Borrelli, 2003-2007
12   Fred Hartmeister, 2007-2010
13  Peggy Miller, 2010-2012?
14  Dominick Casadonte, 2012-2014
15  Mark Sheridan, 2014-present

     Honors College, formed in 1999
1     Gary Bell, 1999-2010
1b   Stephen Fritz, interim 2010-2013
2     Michael San Francisco, interim 2014-present

     Libraries, started in 1925
1     Elizabeth Howard West, Librarian 1925-1942
2     Emma Lillian Main, Acting Librarian 1942-1945
3     Augustine Smith Gaylord, Librarian 1945-1949
4     Ray Curtis Janeway, 1949-1982
5     Dale E. Cluff, 1982-2001
6     Donald Dyal, Dean of Libraries 2001-2015
7     Bella Gerlich, Dean of Libraries 2015-

     School of Law, started in 1966
1     Richard B. Amandes, 1966-1976
2     Frank W. Elliott, 1977-1980
3     Byron Fullerton, 1981-1984
4     W. Frank Newton, 1985-2001
4b   James R. Eissinger, interim 2002
5     Walter Burl Huffman, 2003-2010
5b  Susan Saab Fortney, interim 2010-2011
6     Darby Dickerson, 2011-?
7     Rick Rosen, Interim 2017-July, 2017
8     Jack Nowlin, July, 2017-

Marching Band Directors
1     Harry LeMaire, 1925-1934
2     Dewey O. Wylie, 1934-1959
3     Dean Killion, ?
4     Keith Bearden, 1981-2003
5     Christopher Anderson, 2003 - ?
6     Sarah McKoin, ?
7     Duane Hill, 2014-


Board of Directors/Board of Regents Members [arranged by last name]
*The beginning year listed is the year the individual is appointed. Appointments sometimes took place a year before the actual confirmation. Many regents served multiple appointed terms. Several also ended their appointed terms early due to issues such as busy schedules, health, and/or their passing.

Abbott, Thomas F., Jr. - Fort Worth, 1951-1957
Allen, Herbert, 1963-1969
Allison, Alvin R. - 1961-1967
Anders, Larry K. - Houston, 2005-2017
Armstrong, Wright R. - 1961-1967 [chairman 1964-1965]
Barth, Carin - Houston, 2005-?
Benson, George E. - Lubbock, 1951-1957
Birdwell, John E., 1981-1987 [chairman1984-1986]
Black, Robert - Horseshoe Bay, [dates to be determined]
Brooks, Dick - Dallas, 2005-?
Brown, Robert, 1995-2001
Bucy, J. Fred, 1973-1991 [chairman 1980-1982, 1988-1990]
Bucy, J. Fred, Jr. - Dallas, 1973-1979
Callaway, P. C. - Corpus Christi, 1956-1959
Campbell, R. Trent - Houston, 1969-1975
Carpenter, John W. - Dallas, 1923-1929 and 1929-1935
Carr, Waggoner -Austin, 1969-1973
Carter, Amon G. - Fort Worth, 1923-1927 [chairman 1923-1926]
Cash, C. A., 1965-1969
Cavazos, General Richard E. - Leander, 1989-1995
Clarity, Frank E. - Fort Worth, 1929-1931
Collier, John B., Jr. - Fort Worth, 1941-1947
Collins, Bill E. - Lubbock, 1971-1977 [chairman 1972-1974]
Comegys, C. G. - McKinney, 1927-1930
DeBusk, Manuel - Dallas, 1959-1965 [chairman 1962-1963]
DeGroff, Mrs. Charles - El Paso, 1923-1926
Drane, Mrs. Frank N. - Corsicana, 1923-1925, 1925-1929, and 1929-1932
Dueser, F. Scott, Abilene, 2004-?
Esparza, John - Austin, ?-2019
Ford, Jerry, 1983-1989
Formby, Clint - Hereford, 1971-1983 [chairman 1974-1976]
Formby, Marshall - Plainview, 1967-1971
Francis, Frederick, 2007-2013
Francis, L. Frederick "Rick", El Paso, 2007-2019
Francis, William H., Jr. - Houston, 1953-1956
Fuller, Rex - Lubbock, 1981-1993
Furr, Roy K. - Lubbock, 1963-1983 [chairman 1966-1968]
Galloway, Nathan, 1979-1985
Griffin, Mark, Lubbock, [dates to be determined]
Gulley, James L, Jr. - Tyler, 1987-1993
Haley, J. Evetts - Canyon, 1955-1961
Haley, Mrs. John A. - Midland, 1926-1927 and 1933-1939
Hammonds, Ronnie "Ron", Houston, ?-2021
Harris, Dr. Bernard A., Jr., 1993-1999
Harte, Houston - San Angelo, 1927-1931 and 1931-1933
Hinchey, Dr. John J. - San Antonio, 1971-1977
Hinn, Harold - Plainview, 1957-1963
Hobbs, Carey - Waco, 1987-1993
Hobby, William P. - Houston, 1923-1925
Hoblitzelle, Karl - Dallas, 1941-1947
Huckabee, Christopher M., Fort Worth, ?-2021
Huffaker, John - Amarillo, 2009-2015?
Hulen, General John A. - Palacios, 1931-1935
Ince, Leon - Houston, 1947-1953
Johnson, James E. "Rocky" - Dallas, 1989-1995
Johnson, Larry D., 1983-1989
Johnson, Thomas - McKinney, 1930-1933
Jones, Clifford B. - Lubbock, 1923-1925, 1925-1931, 1931-1937, and 1937-1938 [chairman 1927-1938]
Jones, John, 1997-2003
Jones, Nancy, 1997-2003
Junell, Frank - San Angelo, 1969-1975 [chairman 1970-1972]
Kahle, Jean, 1986-1987
Kemp, A. J., 1973-1979
Kimbro, H. T. - Lubbock, 1925-1929
Lancaster, Tim, Abilene, ?-2019
Lindsey, James L. - Midland, 1956-1959 and 1959-1962
Linebery, Tom - Kermit, 1955-1961
Ling, James J. - Dallas, 1969-1971
Long, Mickey L. - Midland, 2009-2021
Marion, Anne W. (Sowell), 1981-1987
Martin, Retha R. - Lubbock, 1965-1971 [chairman 1968-1970]
Masters, Wesley, 1983-1989
Mathews, Charles D. - Dallas, 1962-1965
Mayes, Wendell, Jr., 1985-1991 [chairman 1986-1988]
Mayse, A. G. (Pat) - Paris, 1943-1945 and 1945-1951
McCarty, Milburn - Washington (D.C.), 1939-1944
McGee, Dr. William Gordon, 1985-1991
McGee, Mark - Fort Worth, 1938-1943 and 1945-1951
McLaughlin, C. T. - Snyder, 1949-1955
McLaughlin, J. Edd -  1961-1967
Meadows, Claude W. - San Angelo, 1923-1928
Meharg, Mrs. Emma G. - Plainview, 1933-1937
Miller, J. Frank, Dallas, [dates to be determined]
Montford, Debbie - San Antonio, 2010-2017
Moore, Fred H. - Dallas, 1953-1956
Neal, Nancy - Lubbock, 2009-2015?
Newby, Brian, Austin, 2005-?
Newman, Mose - Sweetwater, 1925-1927
Noe, Dr. Carl E., 1993-1999
Nunn, J. E. - Amarillo, 1923-1925
Orme, Douglas - Big Spring, 1955-1961
Pevehouse, Joe, 1979-1985 [chairman 1982-1984]
Pfluger, Raymond - Eden, 1949-1955
Pfluger, Robert L., 1975-1981 [chairman 1978-1980]
Pfluger, Lee - Eden, 1944-1945
Phillips, Anne W., 1981-1987
Pollard, Thomas G. - Tyler, 1935-1941
Potter, Mrs. W. R. - Bowie, 1935-1941
Price, Robert B. - El Paso, 1945-1949 and 1949-1955
Ratliff, O. B. - Lubbock, 1943-1949
Reisle, Carl E., Jr., 1966-1969
Riddle, A. J. - Denison, 1941-1942
Scovall, Field, 1969-1972
Scovall, John Field - Dallas, 2007-2013
Scruggs, Charles D., 1971-1975
Scruggs, Charles G. - , 1975-1978
Serna, Daniel T., Arlington, [dates to be determined]
Sims, John C. - Lubbock, 1991-1997
Sitton, Windy, Lubbock, [dates to be determined]
Smith, Wilmer - Wilson, 1959-1965
Sneed, John (Joe) T., Jr. - Amarillo, 1933-1939 and 1939-1940 [chairman 1939-1940]
Snyder, James L., 1977-1983
Sowell, James, 1995-2001
Spiller, Kyle - Jacksboro, 1943-1949
Stafford, Bob L., Amarillo, 2007-2013 (?)
Stafford, Lee, 1971-1981
Steinmetz, John D. - Lubbock 2011-2017
Steele, Lisle L. - Mexia, 1937-1943
Strickland, Riley - Amarillo, 1929-1933
Stuart, R. A. - Fort Worth, 1932-1935
Tannery, Fledger F., 1965-1969
Thompson, Charles C. - Colorado City, 1937-1939, 1939-1945, 1945-1951 [chairman 1943-1951], and 1951-1957
Thompson, Ernest O. - Austin, 1927-1929
Turner, Jerry Edward - Blanco, 2007-2013
Underwood, R. A. - Dallas, 1923-1927 and 1927-1933
Walker, John - Houston, 2012-2023
Wall, C. I. - Amarillo, 1957-1963 [chairman 1959-1962]
Ward, Elizabeth "Sissy" - Longview, 1991-1997
Watkins, Winfield D. - Abilene, 1953-1959 [chairman 1957-1959]
Weiss, J. Michael, 1997-2003
Wells, Spenser A. - Lubbock, 1936-1937 and 1937-1943 [chairman 1941-1943]
West, James M., 1935-1941 and 1941 [chairman 1940-1941]
Weymouth, Chanslor E. - Amarillo, 1941-1947 and 1947-1953
Whitacre, Edward E., Jr., 1995-1999
White, Alan - Lubbock, 1995-2001
White, Alan B., 1989-1995 [chairman 1991-?]
Williams, Judson F. - El Paso, 1969-1973 and 1973-1979 [chairman 1976-1978]
Wilson, Roscoe - Lubbock, 1929-1931 and 1931-1936
Woods Martin, Patsy - Austin, 1991-1997
Wooldridge, Charles W. - Dallas, 1947-1953
Wooldridge, Floyd A. - Houston, 1957-1963
Workman, Don R., 1975-1981
Zimmerman, Dennis - Tulia, 1933-1937

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