Texas Tech Chancellor Robert Duncan’s sudden retirement raises concerns in El Paso

Texas Tech Chancellor Robert Duncan's sudden retirement raises concerns in El Paso

Madlin Mekelburg, El Paso Times

AUSTIN — Texas Tech University System Chancellor Robert Duncan announced this month that he would be retiring from his post, raising questions about the circumstances of his departure and what it could mean for El Paso’s health sciences center.

Duncan, who has held the top spot at the system for four years, announced his retirement on Aug. 13, prompting an outpouring of support from his former colleagues in the legislature and education leaders across the state.

Some state lawmakers are considering launching an inquiry into the circumstances of Duncan’s departure. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported that the Board of Regents had an informal vote of no confidence in Duncan and there is speculation that opposition to a veterinary school spurred Duncan’s retirement.

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