2019 State of the University Address

Lori Rice-Spearman

TTUHSC has grown to be one of the largest universities in the United States for depth and breadth of health care graduates.
In the TTUHSC State of the University Address, TTUHSC Interim President Lori Rice-Spearman highlighted this unmatched growth and how it has enhanced the patient, educational and research environment at TTUHSC.

In the last four years, TTUHSC’s student population has grown by more than 800 students. This includes 2,327 online students and 2,968 traditional students at TTUHSC’s Abilene, Amarillo, Covenant, Dallas, Lubbock, Midland and Odessa campuses.

As TTUHSC's fiftieth anniversary celebration comes to a close, Rice-Spearman highlighted the level of community outreach and awareness that has been involved in this campaign across each TTUHSC school and campus. 

TTUHSC was also recognized as a 2019 Great College to Work For. Interim President, Lori Rice-Spearman shares,  “3,000 universities were surveyed and one hundred were selected. TTUHSC was the only health care related university chosen in the nation.”

TTUHSC continues to look to the future as our campus and reach expands across West Texas and beyond. After Rice-Spearman closed her message, she presented the 2019 Presidential Award Recipients.

Early Career Investigator Award
Josée Guindon, DVM, Ph.D.

  • Josee Guindon

Community Engagement Award
Melinda Corwin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

  • Melinda Corwin

Research Award
Luca Cucullo, Ph.D.

  • Cucello

Teaching Award

Thomas Pressley, Ph.D.
Interprofessional Teamwork Award
Kelly A. Bennett, M.D.
Fiona R. Prabhu, M.D.
Dave Schroeder, Ph.D., LPC
Charles Seifert, Pharm.D.
Zachery Sneed, Ph.D., CRC, LCDC

  • Bennett
  • Prabhu
  • Schroeder
  • Seifert
  • Sneed

Outstanding Clinician Award
Rodney Young, M.D., FAAFP
Team Teaching Award
Frank Babb, M.D., FAAP
Greg Brower, DVM, Ph.D.
Jane Colmer-Hamood, Ph.D.
Ron Cook D.O., MBA, FAAP
Jannette Dufour, Ph.D.
David Edwards, M.D.
Jamie Haynes, M.D.
Betsy Jones, Ed.D. 
Gurvinder Kaur, Ph.D.
Cassie Kruczek, Ph.D.
Kit Linton, M.D.
Raul Martinez-Zaguilan, Ph.D.
Jennifer Mitchell, M.D.
Felix Morales, M.D.
Fiona Prabhu, M.D.
Mike Ragain, M.D.
Tom Tenner, Ph.D.
David Trotter, Ph.D.
Dan Webster, Ph.D.

  • Brower
  • Cook
  • Colmer-Hamood
  • Dufour
  • Edwards
  • Kaur
  • Kruczek
  • Martinez-Zaguilan
  • Mitchell
  • Prabhu
  • Webster

University Distinguished Faculty Award
Brandt Schneider, Ph.D.

  • Schneider

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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