Tech Regent Mark Griffin says he was pressured to resign - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/4/09

Tech Regent Mark Griffin says he was pressured to resign

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - NewsChannel 11 continues to follow a story from the Texas Tech Board of Regents.

Regent Mark Griffin confirmed to NewsChannel 11 that he has resigned. He sat down with NewsChannel 11 Friday afternoon to tell his side of the story.

Griffin says he decided to resign after he received a call from Brian Newby, a former Texas Tech Board of Regents member and former chief of staff to Governor Rick Perry. The call from Newby indicated that he should resign.

According to the Austin Associated Press, Texas Tech regent Mark Griffin says he was pressured to resign his seat that Gov. Rick Perry appointed him to after he endorsed Perry's campaign rival, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, in the governor's race.

"When I took that oath it was to uphold the laws of the state of Texas and to further the educational opportunities and enhance the educational opportunities at Texas Tech University. I didn't think it was a pledge of allegiance to an appointment process," says Griffin to NewsChannel 11.

Griffin also said that this whole situation is politically charged.

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