Midwestern State University Added to Texas Tech University System
Tuesday was another historic day for the Texas Tech University System. Texas Governor Greg Abbott officially enacted HB 1522, making Midwestern State University a member of the Texas Tech University System effective September 1, 2021.
Midwestern State University, also known colloquially as “MSU Texas”, is located in Wichita Falls. MSU Texas becomes the fifth institution in the Texas Tech university system, joining: Texas Tech University, Angelo State University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (Lubbock), and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso.
“Today marks another historic milestone for Midwestern State University as we prepare to officially become the fifth member institution of the Texas Tech University System,” said Caven Crosnoe, chairman of the board of MSU Texas. “We are grateful for the work of all who have served this great university over the years to bring MSU Texas to its current level of recognition and excellence.
“Since the university’s inception as a junior college, courageous leaders with bold vision have paved the way for our distinguished place among public institutions of higher education in Texas. In September, this board will transfer leadership to the TTU system board with the full confidence that Midwestern State University will continue to thrive as it fulfills its mission to educate future leaders in our region and state, ”he said. he adds.
“Midwestern State University will be a great addition to the Texas Tech University System,” State Senator Drew Springer said. “Together, they can continue to carry out MSU Texas’ academic mission of developing dynamic graduates ready to meet the needs of Texas today. and tomorrow. I look forward to the future of MSU Texas as a component university of the TTU system. I appreciate Governor Abbott for promulgating House Bill 1522 and his commitment to higher education. “
“It’s a big day for the Texas Tech University System, and I am delighted to welcome the entire MSU Texas family into the TTU System,” said Tedd L. Mitchell, MD, Chancellor of the TTU System. “We have truly enjoyed developing a relationship with MSU Texas, and I would like to thank President Suzanne Shipley and President Caven Crosnoe for their leadership, guidance and vision to help make this partnership a reality. MSU Texas is a perfect cultural fit among our component institutions. Thank you to Governor Abbott, Representative Frank, Senator Springer and the Texas Legislature for your commitment to making this partnership a reality.
According to Texas Tech officials, MSU Texas announced its intention to seek inclusion in the TTU system on February 14, 2020. Ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, MSU Texas management gathered feedback from students, faculty, staff and stakeholders regarding a switch to the TTU system. After receiving positive support for the move, officials agreed in August 2020 to a memorandum of understanding between MSU Texas and the TTU system.
“What an incredible journey the past 15 months have been since our announcement to explore the possibility of joining the Texas Tech University System,” Shipley said. “Today’s action allows MSU Texas to build on our established reputation and better meet the needs of a growing and dynamic campus well prepared for an ambitious future.
“There are many people to thank for their support in making this day a reality. Among these are Rep. James Frank and Senator Drew Springer, as well as the incredible support of TTU System Chancellor Tedd Mitchell and his leadership team. We are especially grateful for the bold vision of the MSU Texas Board of Regents, our faculty, staff and students who support us, and the very proud alumni of Midwestern State, ”said Shipley. “As MSU Texas prepares to celebrate its centenary in 2022, we look forward to our second century of service to this region. “
The Texas Tech University System was established in 1996 with Texas Tech University and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) as founding members. Angelo State University was added in 2007 and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso was established in 2013. MSU Texas will officially join the system on September 1, 2021.
Historical timeline of MSU Texas:
- 1922 – Founded as Wichita Falls Junior College, then the second municipal municipal college in Texas.
- 1937 – Renamed Hardin Junior College in honor of Mr. and Mrs. John Hardin. Acquisition of a new 40-acre campus south of the city. Rising above pastures and wheat fields was the recently completed Hardin Building, an impressive Spanish colonial structure presided over by a tall bell tower, which today remains the administrative building of the university.
- 1946 – The upper university division was added and, as a result, the name was changed to Hardin College.
- 1948 – The university became a member of the Association of Colleges and High Schools.
- 1950 – The name changed to Midwestern University, the junior division remaining Hardin Junior College.
- 1959 – The university added a graduate school.
- 1961 – The action of the 56th Texas Legislature placed the university in the Texas college and university system, and the division of junior colleges was dissolved.
- 1975 – The Texas Legislature changed the name of the university to Midwestern State University.
- 2021 – Midwestern State University joins the Texas Tech University System