Texas Tech President Dr. David Schmidly Says So Long - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/25/02

Texas Tech President Dr. David Schmidly Says So Long

Schmidly, a Levelland native, joined Tech in 1996 as Vice President for Research and Graduate studies and Graduate Dean. In August of 2000, Schmidly accepted the president's position. Since then, he has played a key role in bringing Basketball Coach Bob Knight to the university. Schmidly is only the second Tech graduate to serve as president.

Schmidly will announce in a news conference in Lubbock he has accepted the job. We contacted Board of Regents member Mike Weiss for feedback. He told us Dr. Schmidly will do a great job as Oklahoma State University President. And now that Dr. Schmidly has announced he will accept the position, there is certainly a big gap Tech will now have to fill.

Dr. David Schmidly had one more year left on his contract as Texas Tech's president. A contract News and Publication Vice Chancellor, Cindy Rugeley says is flexible. "In instances like this, if it's a good opportunity, the Board of Regents and the chancellor will let him out of his contract," Rugeley said Monday.

No word who will fill as interim, but we do know, Dr. Schmidly plans to stay the remainder of the year. Rugeley says Chancellor Dr. David Smith has more than just one person in mind as the interim, but wants to consult the Board of Regents before making those names public. "They will be looking for someone who can step in bring a little bit of stability to the university after Dr. Schmidly. He will also want someone familiar with the Texas legislature since we're going to a session in January," Rugeley said.

Despite recent criticism of discrimination, Dr. David Schmidly was quoted to say, "this decision has absolutely nothing to do with the situation at the law school." According to O.S.U., they will pay Schmidly $250,000 a year, provide him with a house, a car, and an expense account.

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