Texas Tech University System Regents Elect Chair and Vice Chair

Texas Tech University System Regents Elect Chair and Vice Chair

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Tim Lancaster Tim Lancaster
Chris Huckabee Chris Huckabee
LUBBOCK, Texas -

(Press Release)

The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents today (Monday) elected Tim Lancaster as chairman and Christopher M. Huckabee as vice chairman of the board during a special-called meeting by teleconference. The appointments are effective immediately.

Regent John Esparza nominated Lancaster and Huckabee as chair and vice chair, respectively. The nominations were affirmed by a unanimous vote by the regents in attendance.

Though Lancaster, who previously served as vice chairman, automatically ascended to the position of chairman following the resignation from chair duties submitted by L. Frederick “Rick” Francis on Oct. 4, he called for an election of both chair and vice chair during the teleconference meeting “in an effort to maintain transparency.”

“I am honored my fellow regents have elected me to this position and trust me to serve in a meaningful way,” Huckabee said. “I look forward to working with Chairman Lancaster to ensure thoughtful, impactful decision making by this board moving forward to affect positive change and excellence at our institutions.”

Lancaster, of Abilene, was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Board of Regents on Feb. 14, 2013, with a term expiring on Jan. 31, 2019. He was named vice chairman of the board on Feb. 23, 2017. Lancaster has served as President and CEO of Hendrick Health System, a 500-bed hospital with 3,400 employees serving a 19-county area of West Texas, since 2004. He has announced he will retire from this position at the end of 2018.

He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Texas Tech University in 1976 and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Texas Woman’s University in Dallas.

Huckabee, of Fort Worth, was appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to the Board of Regents on Jan. 22, 2015, with a term expiring on Jan. 31, 2021. Huckabee is the CEO of Huckabee Architecture, Engineering and Program Management, a 300-person firm dedicated to educational design. Gov. Rick Perry twice appointed Huckabee to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board where he chaired the Agency Operations Committee. Huckabee is a past board member for Cook Children’s Health Foundation and the Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. He is also Chair Emeritus of the Board of the North Texas Community Foundation.

He earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from Texas Tech University in 1991 and is a registered architect in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arkansas and Georgia. He also holds National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Certification (NCARB).

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