New Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation Announced
Dear TTUHSC Students and Team Members,
With great excitement, I'm pleased to announce the appointment of Lance R. McMahon,
Ph.D., as Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation at Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center. He will begin duties on December 1. In his position, Dr. McMahon
will serve as chair of the Research Council. Additionally, he will have a faculty
appointment in the Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy.
Dr. Lance R. McMahon, Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation
Dr. McMahon brings experiences from his current position as professor and chair of
the Department of Pharmacodynamics at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy
and a consistent record of successful research funding during his career. As demonstrated
in his previous work, he has a firm commitment to building strategic research partnerships
and will achieve excellence at TTUHSC through fostering collegial spirit, a shared
vision, and strategic investment of university funds, equipment, and space.
Under his leadership, Dr. McMahon's department faculty tripled in number and quadrupled
their external research funding. Dr. McMahon and faculty colleagues created a multidisciplinary
academic drug discovery and development platform focused on natural products and synthetic
derivatives affecting the central nervous system. He provides active leadership and
support for several research centers and institutes and serves on the executive board
of the McKnight Brain Institute. Dr. McMahon also is the scientific advisor for the
Center for Addiction Research and Education at the University of Florida. He has received
continuous funding from the NIH since 2003 and has published 113 peer-reviewed papers
focusing on central nervous system drugs.
Dr. McMahon's experience extends to the classroom, where he has taught pharmacology,
neuroscience, and pharmaceutical sciences curricula to Ph.D., medical, pharmacy, dental,
physician assistant, and physical therapy students. His faculty service includes key
roles on several college and university committees, and national service includes
regular memberships on several NIH study sections and leadership positions within
top scientific organizations.
Before joining the University of Florida, Dr. McMahon was a tenured associate professor
of pharmacology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He
obtained a Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience from Texas A&M University and was a postdoctoral
fellow in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Texas
Medical Branch in Galveston.
Dr. McMahon is a native Texan with deep roots in San Antonio, where he met his wife
of 25 years, Brenda McMahon, M.D. She is an assistant professor in the University
of Florida Department of Community Health and Family Medicine. They have three children:
Leah, a clinical psychology Ph.D. student at the University of Texas at Austin; Jacob,
a computer engineering undergraduate at Florida State University; and Julia, a high
We are excited to welcome Dr. McMahon to TTUHSC to fill this vital role. His ability
to work collaboratively with our schools and institutes will help set visionary and
strategic priorities in research across the TTUHSC enterprise. Through his leadership,
he will promote TTUHSC Values, mentor faculty, grow and advance research priorities,
and lead us toward our vision to transform health care through innovation and collaboration.
I'm grateful to the search committee for their dedication and support to this mission-critical
appointment for TTUHSC. Tom Abbruscato, Ph.D., associate dean of the Graduate School
of Biomedical Sciences, chaired the search committee. Their efforts were remarkable
in ensuring a robust and thorough process. They had numerous high-quality candidates,
and dozens of faculty and staff from each of our campuses participated in the selection
Additionally, I'm grateful to Min Kang, Pharm.D., Distinguished University Professor in
the School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics and Cancer Center and associate vice
president for research. Her commitment to serving as Interim Senior Vice President
for Research and Innovation over the last two years was essential in supporting TTUHSC's
research efforts. Dr. Kang is deserving of the highest honors; she acted with grace
and wisdom and demonstrated strong leadership in providing vision to the Office of
Research while also working through challenges the team faced over this time.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. McMahon to the TTUHSC family.
Lori Rice-Spearman, Ph.D.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center