EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) -- Texas Tech University (TTU) senior leadership visited USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) to congratulate the university's alumni and visit the aircraft carrier's newest commanding officer during the ship's Jan. 28 change of command ceremony.
TTU Chancellor Kent Hance, Vice Chancellor Dr. Kelly Overley and other senior leaders from the school congratulated TTU alumni and new Lincoln Commanding Officer Capt. John Alexander, a native of Port Neches, Texas.
Alexander was accepted into the Navy's aviation program during his second year at TTU. He graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and was commissioned in December 1982 through the Aviation Officer Candidate program.
"Assuming command is an awesome responsibility, but I know John can handle it," said Doug Hayward, the deputy director of F35 Vehicle Systems and a Texas Tech alum. "It has been a great week for Texas Tech. We are absolutely proud of what he's done."
Other Texas Tech leaders in attendance included Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, Scott Cooksey, Dean Jon C. Strauss, and Scott Self, director of Development.
Chancellor Hance, a 1965 Texas Tech graduate, was appointed to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board by Governor Bill Clements in 1987. He has served on the Governor's Energy Council and the Governor's Oil Spill Advisory Committee. Hance has served the state and his community as one of the original incorporators and founders of the Texas Boys Ranch in Lubbock,
and as the Texas State vice chairman for the March of Dimes.
In April 2010, Hance will receive the Hope Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society West Texas Chapter.
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