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Lawrence Schovanec

Provost and Senior Vice President

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Dr. Lawrence Schovanec was named provost on December 22, 2013. He had served as interim provost since June 15, 2013, and previously as interim president of Texas Tech University since August 10, 2012. He also has served as the dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, appointed to that position in 2010 after having served as interim dean since 2008. Dr. Schovanec chaired the Department of Mathematics & Statistics from 1999 to 2008.

Dr. Schovanec earned his doctorate in mathematics from Indiana University, his master’s degree from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Phillips University. Other than two appointments as a visiting professor at Texas A&M and a research fellow at the U.S. Air Force Astronautics Laboratory, Schovanec has spent his entire career at Texas Tech University. He has published primarily in the areas of biomechanical and physiological control systems and solid mechanics. He has spoken extensively at international conferences and other professional venues. As an administrator he has been a strong advocate for educational and outreach activities in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In support of his research and STEM activities he has received more than $3.2 million in external funding, primarily from the National Science Foundation.

Schovanec has received the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award and is a member of the Texas Tech Teaching Academy. In 2011, he was a recipient of the Texas Tech University Inclusive Excellence Award given by the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement.


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