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Chancellor Hance to Deliver ASU Commencement Address

April 25, 2011

Chancellor Kent Hance of the Texas Tech University System (TTUS) will deliver the commencement address during Angelo State University’s spring graduation ceremonies Saturday, May 7, in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena, 2235 S. Jackson St.

The chancellor will address graduates of the College of Business and the College of Education during a 10 a.m. ceremony. He will speak to graduates of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, College of Sciences and College of Nursing and Allied Health in a 2 p.m. ceremony. About 700 ASU graduates are expected to walk across the stage during the two graduation ceremonies.

Hance became the third chancellor of the TTUS on Dec. 1, 2006. As chancellor, Hance is the chief executive officer of all campuses and academic sites of Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Angelo State University.

During his time with the organization, Hance has led the TTUS and its component institutions to several historic achievements, including record enrollment growth, increased research in many areas of excellence, and enhanced programs and opportunities that continue to prepare students for personal, professional and civic success. The chancellor also teaches a seminar course at Texas Tech and works in Austin and Washington, D.C., to enhance funding for all institutions.

A top priority on Hance’s TTUS agenda has been fundraising for scholarships, professorships and endowments, as well as capital contributions. In his fifth year at this position, Hance has helped secure more than $100 million for the organization each year during his term. Last September, Hance announced a $1 billion fundraising campaign, which recently surpassed the 65 percent mark on the way to this goal, to help provide the resources necessary to continue the growth and success of the system’s three universities.

Before becoming chancellor, Hance was a founding partner in Hance Scarborough, an Austin law firm. He also taught business law at Texas Tech from 1968 to 1973, and in 1973, he was named an outstanding professor at the university.

Hance began a career in politics in 1974 when he won a seat in the Texas State Senate. While in the Senate, he was one of only four members who served jointly on the chamber’s two most powerful committees: Finance and State Affairs. Four years later, he was elected to the 19th Congressional District. In 1981, he authored and won passage of President Reagan’s tax bill, which provided the largest tax cut in the nation’s history. While a member of Congress, Hance served on the Ways and Means Committee, the Agriculture Committee and the Science and Technology Committee. After Congress, he won election to the Texas Railroad Commission.

Hance earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas Tech University in 1965 and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1968. A native of Dimmitt, Hance and his wife, Susie, also an attorney, have five children and seven grandchildren.