Former Texas Tech vice presidents hired for OSU positions

Wednesday, April 9th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) _ Two former Texas Tech University vice presidents have been chosen to fill administrative positions at Oklahoma State University, where their former boss is now president.

Michael Heintze and Gary Wiggins were selected from a pool of 100 applicants, OSU President David Schmidly announced Tuesday. The regents governing Oklahoma State University will consider the hirings at an April 25 meeting.

OSU spokeswoman Natalea Watkins said two committees selected the Texas Tech administrators from a national search.

``We have attracted two men of incredible talent,'' Schmidly said in a statement released Tuesday.

Heintze, who has been at Texas Tech since 1998, was selected for vice president of enrollment management and marketing. Wiggins was selected vice president of information technology and distance learning.

Watkins declined to disclose how much the two administrators would be paid until the regents' meeting.

At Texas Tech, Wiggins was paid $156,360, and Heintze $133,372, a university official said.

When asked about adding vice presidents while OSU and other Oklahoma schools are facing financial difficulty, Watkins said OSU is adding ``a level of scrutiny to these two areas.

``We are making these areas more efficient, which will free up revenue _ especially because we are in tough budget times.''

At Texas Tech, Heintze developed the university's first enrollment management plan, which produced a 71 percent increase in freshman applications and a 37 percent increase in the size of the freshman class, Schmidly said.

Wiggins has been the vice president for information technology since 2000, with responsibility for data, voice and video networks and student information technology services.

Heintze and Wiggins are expected to begin work before the end of this semester.