Sources Say Texas Tech Board of Regents Pushed Chancellor Robert Duncan Out
STORY UPDATED: 6:30 p.m., August 14, 2018
Texas Tech University System Chancellor Robert L. Duncan abruptly announced on Monday he would be retiring at the end of August. Since the announcement, questions have swirled about what led to the announcement. Now, less than 24 hours later, some information has come to light concerning Duncan's surprise retirement.
On Tuesday, separate sources told both KFYO News and KFYO's Chad Hasty that the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents held a vote last Thursday, August 9th, dealing with Chancellor Duncan's future.
According to KFYO's sources, the regents voted 5-4 in a vote of 'no confidence' concerning Chancellor Duncan. Those voting to change leadership were regents Rick Francis, John Steinmetz, Mickey Long, Christopher Huckabee, and Ronnie Hammonds.
In addition, these same sources also told KFYO that Texas Tech regents were lobbied by the office of John Sharp, Texas A&M University System Chancellor, and by some inside the office of Governor Greg Abbott.
Over the past few months, Texas A&M Chancellor Sharp has been vocal in his opposition to Texas Tech building a veterinary school in Amarillo. At the end of June, Sharp authored a commentary in the Dallas Morning News speaking out against Texas Tech. Texas A&M has stated that adding veterinary programs to West Texas A&M University in Canyon should suffice in meeting the demand for schooling potential veterinarians in West Texas.
KFYO will have more on this story as it develops.