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Is the Hance the Right Man for the Job?

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When it comes to following Texas Tech football, normally I am not too bothered about the Chancellor's role in determining the outcome of games, recruiting, who ought to start, or much else frankly.

But since Chancellor Hance has decided that he seems to know something about running a football program that the rest of us fail to grasp, I see no reason why we can't subject him to the same sort of debates we spend endless hours considering among ourselves.

Ignoring all the other achievements of the football program over the past 10 years, Chancellor Hance commented that  we should be able to win more than 20% of our games against the University of Texas. 

I wonder how the former and current players feel about that statement?

Is this 'Hance Standard' the one by which we are also expected to judge Coach Tuberville's performance?

Still, I think Chancellor Hance might be on to something.

As a general principal, we should be more successful against Texas.

And clearly Hance believes that if anyone can make that happen, he seems to believe it is him - no matter what it takes apparantly.

So what qualifies Hance to make that judgement? What qualifies Chancellor Hance to make any judgement whatsoever?

Since I don't seem to be able to find any record of Hance's experience in organized sports (or any other sports-related achievements), unfortunately I am left to compare his qualifications as an administrator to those of some of the other esteemed Chancellors in Texas.

As we would normally compare quarterback ratings, yards after catch and other such pressing matters,  let's see how our own Chancellor measures up.  

He seems like a sporting kind of guy. I'm sure he wouldn't mind.

University Systems in Texas

 

 

Texas Tech

University of Texas

Texas A&M

University of Houston

Chancellor

Kent Hance, JD

Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa

Dr. Michael D. McKinney

Dr. Rhenu Kator, PhD

Age

67

51

57

55

Appointment Date

Dec-06

Feb-09

2007

Jan-08

Number of Institutions

3

15

11

4

Enrollment (2009)

37,000

195,000

103,000

61,000

Operating Budget

$1.1 billion (2008)

$11.9 billion (2010)

$2.5 billion (2006)

$1.3 billion (2009)

Endowment (2008)*

$0.8 billion

$16.1 billion

$6.7 billion

$0.7 billion

Years of Prior Senior Administrative Experience in Academia

0

9

5

22

Years of Political Experience

15**

0

8

0

Prior Role

Partner in a legal firm

President,U.T. Health Science Center in San Antonio

Senior EVP and Chief Operating Officer, Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Provost and Senior VP, University of South Florida

Profession

Lawyer

Physician

Physician

Professor

Education

BBA, Texas Tech; JD, University of Texas

BA, Yale; MD, UT Southwestern; Residency, Harvard; Fellowship, Johns Hopkins

 

BA, University of Kanpur (India); MA, MPA, PhD, Purdue

Salary (not including other benefits)

$412,000

$750,000

$500,000

$415,000

*Harvard: $36 billion, Yale $22 billion.  But their football teams aren't very good.

** US Congressman 1975-1985; Texas Rail Road Commissioner 1986-1990.

Note:  North Texas University System and  the Texas State University System are not included in this comparison.

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It is clear that Hance thought Coach Leach was not the best man for the job of Texas Tech football head coach.

I wonder, though, whether Hance is the best man for Texas Tech.

What Hance lacks in management experience,  he certainly seems to compensate with political skills.

Having gone through this little gem of an experience, however, I think I'm ready for a Chancellor who can spend more time managing our University up rather than politicking it down.

Strive for Honor.