Robert Duncan, former chancellor of the Texas Tech University System, released a statement in which he showed gratitude to the community and support for Dr. Tedd Mitchell as the sole finalist to next lead the system.

In the statement, Duncan also discussed the resignation of Rick Francis, chair of the Board of Regents. He said Francis’ departure “presents Tech with a unique opportunity to heal and move forward with renewed vigor.”

Regarding Mitchell, Duncan described his support for the interim chancellor to permanency remain in the position.

Lastly, Duncan addressed the importance of the proposed Amarillo veterinary school.

Duncan was the Texas Tech System chancellor for four years until he suddenly announced Aug. 13 that he would leave the role on Aug. 31. 

The following is the full statement as issued to the Other Side of Texas:

Rick Francis’ departure as chairman of the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents presents Tech with a unique opportunity to heal and move forward with renewed vigor. Terri and I are grateful for the outpouring of support we have received since leaving the Chancellor post. We want to congratulate the Board and Dr. Tedd Mitchell for his appointment as the sole finalist for Chancellor. Tedd and Janet are great friends and the right choice for moving forward.

And, the critical need for a veterinary school in Amarillo has been well-documented. We should continue to advocate for that to become a reality. There is great passion in our region and in the industry for this vision and I look forward to the day we achieve the goal.

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