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New EH&S Assistant Vice President

Matthew (Matt) Roe has been appointed assistant vice president for environmental health and safety effective Oct. 1.

“This appointment is the successful outcome of a national search for our new leadership,” said Robert Duncan, vice president for research. “Matt has the full support of senior Texas Tech leadership as he moves to enhance our safety culture.”

Matt has been a part of our environmental health and safety program since 2004. Most recently he was closely involved with the development of our new BSL-3 laboratory.

“With Texas Tech University increasing enrollment to all-time records and bringing in cutting-edge research, safety has become increasingly challenging,” said Roe. “I’m looking forward to building safety programs to meet these new challenges and to promoting a positive safety culture for the campus.”

Matt earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from TTU in 1999 and a Master of Science in Food Science & Technology from Texas A&M University in 2002. He was employed as a quality assurance manager in the private sector from 2003-04 and joined EH&S as a laboratory safety specialist in 2004. In 2008, he became the environmental protection manager and added occupational safety manager to his portfolio in 2010. He serves as the alternate responsible official for the newly commissioned BLS-3 Select Agent Laboratory, has published in the area of antibiotic resistance, and holds certification as a Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Hazard Materials Manager, and Registered Sanitarian.

Cliff Harris, who has served as interim director of EH&S will remain with the department as associate director.

The search committee for this position included: Dimitri Pappas, committee chair, associate professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry; Anna Young, associate managing director, National Wind Institute; Sean Childers, assistant vice president, Operations Division; Steve Presley, professor, Department of Environmental Toxicology; and Cliff Harris, interim director, EH&S.