LUBBOCK, TX -- After being approved by the Texas Tech Board of Regents Thursday, Senator Robert Duncan spoke for the first time about his new role as chancellor.
"It's a great day for me and my family and for Texas Tech University, I really am excited to be here today," Senator Duncan said during his press conference Thursday.
Senator Duncan attended Texas Tech and served as student body president during his time there. He said the university holds a special place in his heart, with lots of family connections.
Now, he said he's ready to step away from the Texas legislature, where he's served as a senator for 16 years, and now focus on the future of the Texas Tech University System.
"I think this move is a perfect transition for, to allow me to do what I've been doing for higher ed, be able to have a voice, have Tech, be sure Tech has a seat at the table, through my past experiences, and to work with the new folks, our new generation, to continue the great legacy I think we have in the legislative process from west Texas," Senator Duncan said.
Also in attendance at the meeting and press conference Thursday was Chancellor Kent Hance. He announced his retirement in October, 2013, and agreed to stay with the University as Chancellor Emeritus.
"I know that I'm being replaced by someone that's excellent," Chancellor Hance said. "Senator Bob Duncan will do a great job, he's a good people person, and he has great relationships with members of the legislature, so he'll help us in the legislative process, I think he'll help us in fundraising and I think he's going to do a great job."
Senator Duncan will officially start his new job on July 7th, and he said sometime between now and then he will submit his letter of resignation from the Texas Senate.
"That's a hard letter to write. I wrote it when I was in the House, I had to resign to run for the Senate, so it's kind of one of those things, where you go, 'Wow, this has been my life for 16 years and I'm saying I'm done,' but you know, this new challenge is just more exciting and I really think it's going to be really nice to wake up every day and say, 'How are we going to make this better?'" Senator Duncan said.