Stephen E. Fritz has three decades of successful senior level experience in private higher education. He has served four faith based colleges (e.g., Midland Lutheran College [now Midland University], North Carolina Wesleyan College) and three non-sectarian colleges (e.g., New England College, Goddard College). Appointments now include Texas Tech University where he has served as Interim Dean of the Honors College and now Director of Development for two important units of the University (National Ranching Heritage Center and the Museum at Texas Tech University). At every step of his career, he was asked to address special needs and transitional changes, always being challenged to find a competitive advantage while adding to value. In some cases it was necessary to address fundamental questions of mission and even institutional survival.
Addressing and successfully leading colleges through extreme challenges/issues is his forte. His style is one of diplomatic open discussion followed by decisive action. The geography and institutional cultures have been quite diverse consisting of eight colleges and universities in eight states.
Fritz earned his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky and his M.A. from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, both in British History. His B.S. degree was awarded, Magna Cum Laude, from Murray State University in History and English. He also did postdoctoral work Oxford University in British Foreign and Imperial Policy and Diplomacy.