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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) announced the Your Life, Our Purpose campaign and broke ground for construction of the Academic Building on the Odessa campus. The campaign seeks to raise $150 million to advance initiatives in education while providing better health outcomes locally and globally. The campaign will run through TTUHSC’s 50th anniversary in 2019.
“A campaign calls on us to ask what we stand for,” TTUHSC President Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., said. “What institutional commitments will we make to define who we are and who we will be decades from now? The real success of Your Life, Our Purpose will be the ability to enrich the efforts and commitment of those who have bequeathed this extraordinary university to us, and to strengthen it for those who will follow.”
In August, the facilities committee of the Texas Tech University System (TTUS) Board of Regents voted to approve construction of the new Permian Basin Academic Building. The project’s $22.3 million budget includes more than $14.25 million in Tuition Revenue Bonds authorized by the 84th Texas Legislature. In addition, more than $5.54 million will come from institutional funds.
The 51,000-square-foot Academic Building will house lecture halls, classrooms, research laboratories, offices, conference areas and additional support space. These facilities will allow the Permian Basin campus to increase the number of graduate students it accepts for medical and other health care disciplines.
“For nearly half a century, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center has been at the forefront of medical education, research and patient care in West Texas and beyond,” TTUS Chancellor Robert L. Duncan said. “Founded with a vision to meet the needs of an underserved region, our university has more than answered this call and become a statewide and national leader in higher education and health care. This campaign will be a catalyst for our continued growth and success, pioneering a greater vision for the future and spurring a new level of innovation, collaboration and excellence.”
The campaign will support scholarships to help assist students on all campuses. TTUHSC enrolled 4,625 students for the fall 2016 semester. Along with scholarship opportunities, campaign contributions will go to TTUHSC research and projects in conjunction with other institutions within the Texas Tech University System (TTUS).
“Odessa and Midland have long recognized the importance of TTUHSC to the Permian Basin,” TTUHSC Community Champion Dan Hollmann said. “We have been working with the administration of TTUHSC for many years to obtain the funding for the new Academic Building. The communities have come together to help provide a state-of-the-art educational facility for the students of the Permian Basin. The growth of our Permian Basin campus shows TTUHSC is committed to providing the best education to students in Midland and Odessa.”
For more information on upcoming Your Life, Our Purpose events and announcements, visit www.yourlifeourpurpose.com.