Texas Tech University

Commencement Speaker

Spring 2017

David J. Schmidly, Ph.D.

David J. Schmidly, Ph.D.

David J. Schmidly was born and raised on a cotton farm near Levelland, Hockley County, in west Texas. As a first generation college student, Dr. Schmidly was the first member of his family to attend and graduate. He received his B.A. and M.S. degrees from Texas Tech University (1962-1968) and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois (1968-1971), all in Zoology. Dr. Schmidly has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus at both of these institutions.

Dr. Schmidly served as President of the University of New Mexico from 2007-2012. Previously he had served as President and CEO of Oklahoma State University (2003-2007) and Vice President of Research, Dean of the Graduate School, and President at Texas Tech (1996-2003). Dr. Schmidly started his academic career at Texas A&M University in 1971 where he served as head of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences (1986-1992) and Chief Executive Officer and Campus Dean at Texas A&M University at Galveston (1992-1996).

Dr. Schmidly has served on many higher education boards, including the Executive Committee of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP); the Council of Presidents, Association of University and Colleges (AGB); the Board of Directors, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU); the Board of Directors, American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC); and as a Director and member of the Executive Committee of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Dr. Schmidly is an internationally respected researcher and scientific author. He has been inducted into the Texas Hall of Fame for Science, Mathematics, and Technology, which recognizes Texans who have played a major role in significant scientific accomplishments. As a noted scientific naturalist, he has authored 11 natural history and conservation books and more than 150 scientific articles. In addition, Dr. Schmidly received a very prestigious honor when a new species of mouse was named after him – Peromyscus schmidlyi. Quite possibly, he is the only recent university president with this distinction! In 2003, Dr. Schmidly was awarded honorary membership in the American Society of Mammalogists (ASM), the most prestigious recognition awarded by that international scientific society.

Dr. Schmidly and his wife of 50 years, Janet Knox Schmidly, also a Texas Tech graduate (1966), are retired and live in Placitas, New Mexico. They are the parents of two grown children and four grandchildren.

 

Previous Commencement Speakers


John T. Montford

John T. Montford
Fall, 2016

Andres Alcantar

Andres Alcantar
Summer, 2016

Mark Lanier

Mark Lanier
Spring, 2016

Marsha Sharp

Marsha Sharp
Fall, 2015

Mark Griffin

Mark Griffin
Summer, 2015

Arcilia Acosta

Arcilia Acosta
Spring, 2015

Dr. Mica R. Endsley-Jones

Dr. Mica R. Endsley-Jones
Fall, 2014

Douglas E. Barnhart

Douglas E. Barnhart
Summer, 2014

Kent Hance

Kent R. Hance
Spring, 2014

Dr. O. Wayne Isom

Dr. O. Wayne Isom
Fall, 2013

Paul L. Foster

Paul L. Foster
Fall, 2013

Duane Nellis

Duane Nellis
Summer, 2013

Senator Ted Cruz

Senator Ted Cruz
Spring, 2013

Congressman Randy Neugebauer

Congressman Randy Neugebauer
Spring, 2013

Ray Maybus

Ray Maybus
Fall, 2012

W. Mark Lanier

W. Mark Lanier
Spring, 2012

Jerry S Rawls

Jerry S. Rawls
Spring, 2012

Bernard T. Mittemeyer, M.D.

Edward E. Whitacre, Jr.
Fall, 2011

Bernard T. Mittemeyer, M.D.

Bernard T. Mittemeyer, M.D.
Summer, 2011

Ginger Kerrick

Ginger Kerrick
Fall, 2010

Judge Royal Furgeson

Judge Royal Furgeson
Spring, 2010

Chancellor Kent Hance

Chancellor Kent Hance
Fall 2009

Donald E. Powell

Donald E. Powell
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Karen P. Hughes

Ambassador Karen P. Hughes
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Scott Pelley

Scott Pelley
May, 2009
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Clay Sell

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August, 2008

Dr. Dale E. Klein

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James A. Barker, III

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