Texas Tech University is a public, coeducational, research university in Lubbock, Texas. Established on February 10, 1923, and originally known as Texas Technological College, it is the largest institution of higher learning in the western two-thirds of the state. It is also the leading university of the Texas Tech University System, which includes Texas Tech University Health Science Center and Angelo State University. It is the only school in Texas to house an undergraduate institution, law school, and medical school at the same location.
Angelo State University is a public, coeducational university located in San Angelo, Texas. It is a member of the Texas Tech University System and, for athletics, the Lone Star Conference. Angelo State University offers approximately 100 undergraduate programs and 21 graduate programs. 2006 enrollment stands at about 6,200 with plans to increase to 10,000 by 2028.
thumb|upright|left|Governor Preston Smith Preston Earnest Smith (March 8, 1912 – October 18, 2003) was a Democratic governor of Texas from 1969-1973, and the lieutenant governor from 1963-1969.
Smith was born into a tenant farming family of thirteen children in Williamson County near Austin. The family later moved to Lamesa, the seat of Dawson County on the Texas South Plains, where Smith graduated from Lamesa High School in 1928. He thereafter graduated from Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University) in Lubbock and built a movie theater business by the middle 1940s.