A Message from Dean W. Brent Lindquist
Gifts to the College of Arts and Sciences play a vital role in sustaining and enhancing the unique humanities, social sciences, physical and life science programs that are the hallmarks of the Texas Tech education experience. Private giving provides the College with the resources we need to fund our highest priorities: recruiting and retaining exceptional faculty, enhancing student engagement, deepening academic excellence and achieving global impact. My biggest challenge as dean is finding ways to support our students and faculty as Texas Tech moves forward to become a nationally known research university. The results of university-led research—future understanding of and protection against the Zika virus; grasping the cultural differences leading to conflict in the Middle East; developing cheaper, more efficient energy production; the fact that there is more computational power in your mobile phone than was available on the computers that took man to the moon—profoundly affect our lives. We take for granted the tremendous results produced by modern research universities and normalize those advances in our lives.
The majority of American citizens will never work as academic researchers, and for most Texas Tech students their undergraduate and graduate years will be the only time they are in close contact with a research rich environment. Tech has the opportunity and the responsibility to provide these future citizens with an appreciation for the tremendous challenges met and advances made in increasing human knowledge and to endow them with the intellectual tools, even as non-researchers, to evaluate the impact of these advances on our lives and our world.
So whether you give to the annual fund, support your favorite department or establish a named endowment or expendable fund, please know that your gift has an enormous impact on our ability to provide an environment of learning, discovery and innovation where our students can excel and grow.
Thank you for your support of the College.
W. Brent Lindquist
Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
Texas Tech University