A Visionary Hero - Lori Rice Spearman

Rice Spearman

Lori Rice Spearman, Ph.D., started working for TTUHSC October 1987. She was appointed dean in January 2016 and leads the largest School of Health Professions in Texas and one of the largest in the nation in relation to the breadth of programs and the number of enrolled students and graduates. 
“Because we provide such a large number of clinicians for our region and state, we think it is vital that we (our School of Health Professions) are developing critical thinkers who will become the innovators in their professional fields. We want to model that approach in our staff and faculty who interact daily with our students. We want to be viewed as problem solvers and collaborators within our institution and system.
Rice Spearman said one of the strategic goals of the School of Health Professions is to form partnerships and relationships on our campuses and within our university and system that allow us to fulfill our mission of expanding access and improving the quality of health care in Texas. 
“Participating in the values tours has allowed me to gain additional perspective of all the TTUHSC operations and the positive impact the values journey will have in our university. I love my job because of the people I work with every day! I KNOW we are making a positive impact in the communities we serve in Texas and across the nation. Every day is a GREAT day to be a Red Raider.”

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Values-Based Culture

Values-Based Culture

In 2018, we began our journey to create a sustainable Values-Based Culture. We identified five core values that represent Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Organizations don't create sustainable cultures. People do. Learn more about our efforts to create a Values-Based Culture at TTUHSC.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center


Beginning in 1969 as the Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) is now a five-school university with campuses in Abilene, Amarillo, Dallas/Fort Worth, Lubbock, Midland and Odessa.

TTUHSC offers students the opportunity to expand knowledge in programs that are on the forefront of health care education. Our programs and facilities give students the opportunity for hands-on research and clinical experience, and various collaborations with community entities provide students the practical knowledge that is vital to their success.

Almost 50 years since opening, TTUHSC has now trained more than 20,000 health care professionals, and meets the health care needs of more than 2.5 million people in the 108 counties including those in the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico.

Through research, education and patient care, TTUHSC aims to promote a greater health environment for West Texas and beyond. We strive to decrease health disparities for rural populations and improve the health of the community through collaborations with area hospitals and health centers.

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