Texas Tech Parent Newsletter
Friday Letter is a monthly newsletter from Texas Tech University President Dr. M. Duane Nellis. Dr. Nellis focuses on his vision for Tech, news, development, accolades, features and announcements. It is sent to faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends of Texas Tech University. We thank Dr. Nellis for permission to republish his letters here. Please read about Texas Tech's 16th president below.
Dr. Duane Nellis was named as the 16th president of Texas Tech University in March of 2013. Dr. Nellis came to Texas Tech from the University of Idaho, where he was instrumental in producing record student enrollments, gaining national recognition of the university research mission with dramatic funding increases, and extending university programs to benefit the people of the state both educationally and economically. He led a major capital campaign, which saw over $80 million in campus facility improvements, created the President's Diversity Council, enhanced what became a nationally award-winning engagement effort through creation of the Office for Community Partnerships. Dr. Nellis brings considerable experience and acumen to Texas Tech University, ready to lead Texas Tech into its promising future.
Dr. Nellis is nationally recognized nationally and internationally for his own research, funded by more than 50 sources including NASA, the National Geographic Society, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. His research has led to more than 100 articles and reports in a wide range of professional journals, and 17 books and book chapters. He has given more than 100 professional presentations and has been invited to speak at more than 60 universities and related settings internationally.
An authority in higher education, Nellis served as a commissioner for the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities, one of the eight nationally-recognized bodies that determine accreditation for higher education institutions.
He also has been recognized nationally and internationally for his research and teaching through numerous awards from various organizations. Dr. Nellis is familiar with Big 12 conference peer institutions, as he previously served as provost and senior vice president at Kansas State University. He also served as dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University, the institution's largest academic college.
Dr. Nellis was born in Spokane, Wash. He met and married his wife, Ruthie, while pursuing his bachelor's degree in earth sciences/geography at Montana State University. He received his master's and doctoral degrees in geography from Oregon State University.