The provost of Texas Tech University is in line to become president of the school in Lubbock.
Lawrence Schovanec was named Thursday as sole finalist for the president's job. Regents held a special meeting to choose Schovanec, whose faces a 21-day waiting period before being formally appointed.
Schovanec is also a senior vice president at Texas Tech, where he's been a faculty member since 1982.
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M. Duane Nellis in January stepped down as Texas Tech president, after serving since mid-2013. John Opperman has served as interim president.
Schovanec holds a bachelor's degree from Phillips University. He received his master's degree from Texas A&M University, then earned his doctorate in mathematics from Indiana University.
His research interests are in biomechanical and physiological control systems and solid mechanics.