Texas Tech University

John Opperman



John Opperman, PH.D.

Associate Vice Provost


Dr. John Opperman serves as the Associate Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement at Texas Tech University. 

Prior to his current appointments, Dr. Opperman served as Interim President at Texas Tech University from January 2016 through July 2016.

Previously, Dr. Opperman was the Vice Chancellor for Policy & Planning from 2002-2016 and the Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer from 1996-1999 for the TTU System. In addition to his positions at TTU and the TTU System, Dr. Opperman has spent more than 20 years in public service with the State of Texas, working primarily on issues related to higher education, public education, and state budgeting.

He has served as Director of Budget, Policy & Planning for the Governor of Texas, Budget Director for the Lt. Governor of Texas, and Director of the Senate Finance Committee in the Texas Legislature. He also has served as a special adviser to the Lt. Governor on public and higher education policy and the state budget, and most recently as a special adviser to Sen. Jane Nelson, Chair of the Texas Senate Finance Committee.

Dr. Opperman holds a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University and master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.