Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance has announced that he will resign as leader of a system that's grown to enroll more than 44,000 students.
The board of regents voted Friday to accept the resignation of the 70-year-old Hance.
In 2006 he became the third chancellor of the system, which includes the flagship Texas Tech campus in Lubbock, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Angelo State University and satellite system offices. He proved adept at fund-raising, helping the system bring in more than $100 million for seven straight years.
Hance intends to remain in Lubbock until a replacement is found.
Under his leadership, El Paso's medical school went from two to four years and the Gayle Greeve nursing school was approved.
0957@ 31:48 Hance: "We want to make this one of the major complexes anywhere west of the Mississippi," Hance said in 2009 of Texas Tech expansion to medical/nursing school, plus plan for schools of pharmacy and dentistry.
At the groundbreaking for nursing school in Aug. 2013, he said, "This way we'll have two health centers. There's very few universities in the nation that have more than one. ... It's think it's great."
He's a native of the Texas Panhandle who served four years in the Texas Senate in the 1970s before beating George W. Bush to become a three-term congressman.