LUBBOCK, Texas (press release) – The following is a press release from Texas Tech University:
Texas Tech University and the Texas Tech University System stand to benefit greatly from higher education funding from Senate Bill 52, which was enacted by Governor Greg Abbott on Monday, October 25.
The bill will help fund renovations and improvements to buildings and infrastructure on the Texas Tech campus. In total, the university will receive $ 80 million, of which $ 72 million will go to the main campus in Lubbock and $ 8 million will support the Texas Tech campus in Junction.
“I want to express my gratitude for the significant investment the state has made in higher education,” said Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec. “This funding will help Texas Tech advance our academic and research achievements, support our student success, and make life-saving improvements on our campuses. The funding will help us renovate and update some of our older facilities to better meet the needs of our students and faculty. We are grateful to the Legislature, especially Senator Charles Perry and Representatives Dustin Burrows, John Frullo and Andrew Murr for their commitment to Texas Tech so that we can continue to improve the educational experience for our students as we go. as we develop our research business.
Planned upgrades for the Campus Health, Safety and Modernization Project include electrical, plumbing, mechanical and roofing upgrades in several buildings, as well as elevator modernizations and upgrades in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Funding from the Junction campus will be used to build a new facility to support Chronic Wasting Disease (CDD) research and make improvements to existing university facilities to meet the necessary technological updates and lab space that will support research. on the MDC.
In separate legislation, Texas Tech will receive $ 50 million in additional support from the state of Texas to improve academic excellence, student achievement, and research that impacts Texas and the nation.
“I was proud to work with Chairman Greg Bonnen of the House Appropriations Committee to secure significant funding to support critical infrastructure upgrades at Texas Tech University and $ 50 million in funding for academic, student and academic excellence. research, ”Burrows said. “Texas Tech is a world class institution and an economic engine for our community and West Texas.”
Senate Bill 52 is the first state law since 2015 that allocates funds for higher education investment projects. The oldest building on Texas Tech’s main campus was built almost 100 years ago, and the average construction date for campus facilities is 1956.
The Texas Tech System received a total of $ 299.4 million from Senate Bill 52, which allocated $ 3.35 billion in funding for higher education statewide.
(Texas Tech University press release)