MSU Texas president resigns

MSU Texas president resigns

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) – Midwestern State University President JuliAnn Mazachek is resigning, Texas Tech University System Chancellor Tedd L. Mitchell, MD, announced Wednesday.

Mazachek will become the next president of Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, according to a news release. She previously left her position at Washburn University last year to come to MSU Texas.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve Midwestern State University as its president. Our family has felt embraced and welcomed since the day we arrived in Wichita Falls. This was a very difficult decision for us. The MSU Texas Mustangs family has been incredible to be a part of and something I will always be grateful to have had the opportunity to lead as its president. The people of this university and community are truly special – I am grateful for the relationships I have made. In addition to the MSU Texas leadership team and the greater campus community, I would like to thank Chancellor Mitchell, the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents, and fellow presidents across the university system for their unwavering cooperation and support. I look forward to pursuing great things ahead for MSU Texas and the Mustangs family.”

Keith Lamb, Ph.D., vice president for enrollment management and student affairs and chief strategy officer at MSU Texas, has been named interim president. A Vernon native, Lamb first joined MSU Texas in 1999 and has served in a variety of roles.

Lamb will reportedly assume the role of interim president immediately and work with Mazachek until Jan. 31 on transition duties and responsibilities.

“On behalf of the Texas Tech University System, I want to thank JuliAnn Mazachek for her contributions to our system and to Midwestern State University. We were extremely pleased to attract to the presidency a leader with the qualifications and leadership attributes of Dr. MSU Texas is a respected and thriving university with talented and dedicated faculty, staff and students who have embraced its values-based culture and provide the institution with tremendous momentum. I also thank Keith Lamb for stepping up to serve MSU Texas as interim president during this transition and am confident that he will provide exemplary leadership as the institution moves forward. I wish Dr. Mazachek, her husband Keith and their family the best in their future endeavors.”

Mitchell wrote a letter to the community about Mazachek’s departure that can be seen here.

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