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Kay Tindle, Ph.D. | COO

Interim Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives & Innovation; Assistant Vice President for Strategic Development

Dr. Kay Tindle currently serves as the Interim Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives & Innovation and the Assistant Vice President for Strategic Development in the Office of Research & Innovation. In these roles, she oversees the Innovation Hub at Research Park; Northwest Texas Business Resource Center; Office of Research Commercialization; Office of Research Development & Communications; STEM Center for Outreach, Research, & Education (STEM-CORE); and Texas Produced Water Consortium (TxPWC).

Dr. Tindle serves as a Co-PI on TTU’s National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant and as PI on the Texas Produced Water Consortium state-funded grant. She is also designated as the Chief Operating Officer for the Texas Tech Research Park, supporting 501(c)3 initiatives related to economic development, research and industry engagement, and regional strategies. We are working towards the buildout of an innovation district where industry and entrepreneurs will collide to create opportunities.

Prior to joining Texas Tech, Dr. Tindle served at the University of Central Oklahoma, interned at the Oklahoma State Regents of Higher Education, and taught English around the world (Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea). She still enjoys traveling with her husband, and someday they might also take their kids along on these adventures.

Michelle Hernandez | Executive Administrative Assistant

Michelle Hernandez serves as the Executive Administrative Assistant to Kimberly Gramm, Associate Vice President of Innovation & Entrepreneurship.  Prior to joining this team, Michelle was employed with Texas tech University Health Sciences Center for 17 years.  Her duties with the Innovation Hub include administrative support, budgeting, special projects, as well as supervision and assistance with administration of the Texas Tech Research Park Board.

Michelle is a Lubbock native where she attended Lubbock High school and Texas Tech University. She is a faithful supporter of Texas Tech and its athletic programs. Michelle’s daughter, Mercedez Blanchette, is a graduate of the Texas Tech Honor’s College (2018) and her son-in-law Guillaume Blanchette received his undergrad and master’s degree in Education at Lubbock Christian University. Her son, Isaac Hernandez, will be a Texas Tech alum in 2023 from the Rawls College of Business. Her family loves Lubbock and their favorite past-time is cheering on the Red Raiders!

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