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Robert Duncan Approved as Next Texas Tech Chancellor

Robert Duncan Approved as Next Texas Tech Chancellor

LUBBOCK, Texas–The Texas Tech University Board of Regents on Thursday approved Texas State Senator Robert Duncan as the next chancellor of the Texas Tech University System. On July 7th, Duncan will assume his duties as the fourth chancellor of the system.

In today’s press conference, Duncan told reporters that he would be stepping down from his Texas Senate seat “quickly” and that it would be before July 7th. Duncan has served Lubbock and West Texas in Austin since 1992 when he was elected to serve District 84 in the Texas House of Representatives. Duncan then went on to serve in the Texas Senate, replacing John T. Montford who left the Senate to become the first chancellor of the Texas Tech University System. Duncan has served District 28 since 1996.

Duncan thanked the Board of Regents at Thursday’s announcement while looking towards the future. “I thank the Board of Regents for allowing me the honor to serve as Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System.  Texas Tech has made a difference in not only my life, but also my entire family,” Sen. Duncan said. “I look forward to building on the momentum we have in place for an even brighter future for our great universities. My goal as Chancellor is to support our individual institutions and our outstanding faculty. I will place the academic success of our students at the core of our mission.”

Duncan was named the sole finalist for the position on May 19.

Duncan moving to Texas Tech means that his Senate seat will need to be filled. District 83 State Representative Charles Perry has already told KFYO-AM that he will run for the Senate seat as soon as Duncan vacates the position. Perry has said that if elected he would hope to see more conservative leadership come out of the Senate.

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