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Texas Tech chairman Rick Francis steps down as chair

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech University System's Chairman of the Board of Regents, Rick Francis, announced Thursday he would step down. He did so at the end of a meeting of the board of regents. 

In addition, Tech repeated the information on Twitter, saying,  

#TTUSRegents Chairman L. Frederick "Rick" Francis has resigned from the position as chair. A nominating committee will be formed among the Regents to elect a new chair and vice chair at the next meeting of the Board. #TTUSystem

Francis said, "It has been an honor to serve as chairman of the Board of Regents, but it is time for a change in leadership, and a nominating committee will be formed to put forth a slate of candidates for consideration for chair and vice chair at our next meeting."

In a closely related matter, the board of regents also approved Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell as sole finalist for the position of chancellor. 

Francis had been under pressure to resign as chairman in part because of the way in which Robert Duncan was pressured to retire early as chancellor in mid-August.  Mitchell had been the interim chancellor for a little more than one month. 

The man who led a campaign to push Francis out as chairman, former Amarillo mayor Jerry Hodge, indicated he was sorting through the new developments. Hodge indicated he might be willing to comment on Friday.  

Related Story: Texas Tech chairman responds to removal effort by former Amarillo mayor 

The video clip below shows both the vote to approve Mitchell as the sole finalist, and Francis announcing he would step down as chair.



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