Mr. Hance is a partner in Hance Scarborough, an Austin, TX law firm whose primary focus is on state and federal administrative law, regulatory law and legislative law. In addition to his administrative law practice, Mr. Hance provides an extensive background in oil and gas and energy-related law
Effective July 2014, Mr. Hance retired as chancellor of the Texas Tech University Systems where he has served since December of 2006 and is now chancellor emeritus, assisting the TTU System’s current chancellor on various projects. He will also continue to teach his extremely popular seminar class on leadership. While chancellor, Mr. Hance was the chief executive officer of all campuses and academic sites of Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Angelo State University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso. His priorities included growing enrollment, increasing research, and technology commercialization. Prior to retiring as chancellor, Mr. Hance completed a $1 billion capital campaign for the TTU System. Mr. Hance also works in Austin and Washington, D.C. to enhance funding for all institutions.
Mr. Hance earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas Tech University in 1965 and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1968. He returned to Lubbock to practice law and teach business law at Texas Tech. In 1973, he was named an outstanding professor at Texas Tech.
Mr. Hance began a career in politics in 1974 when he won a seat in the Texas State Senate. While in the Senate, he was one of only four members who served jointly on the chamber’s two most powerful committees: Finance and State Affairs. Four years later, he won election to the 19th Congressional District. In 1981, Mr. Hance authored and won passage of President Reagan’s tax bill, the largest in the history of the nation. While a member of Congress, Mr. Hance served on the Ways and Means Committee, the Agriculture Committee and the Science and Technology Committee. After Congress, Mr. Hance won election to the Texas Railroad Commission.
Mr. Hance is a native of Dimmitt, Texas. He and his wife, Susie Hance, also an attorney, have five children and seven grandchildren.