Who will replace outgoing Texas Tech University Chancellor Kent Hance? The TTU Board of Regents is scheduled to discuss candidates starting Thursday, but we've learned that talks are already underway.
KCBD has learned that some members of the Board of Regents were in Dallas Wednesday afternoon, talking with a candidate or candidates for the chancellor position at Tech. Sources tell us that the list of possible finalists include Congressman Randy Neugebauer, State Senator Robert Duncan, and the former head of the DEA Karen Tandy.
Back in January, Tech announced that the search for a new chancellor had officially begun. That's after Hance announced his plans to retire in October.
A search committee was tasked to identify a limited number of candidates for the regents to review, with names being announced once a candidate is considered a finalist.
The Board of Regents are scheduled to meet in Lubbock on Thursday and Friday. According to their agenda, they are scheduled to discuss candidates for chancellor.
We'll let you know when a finalist is named.
Texas Tech University System Board of Regents Chairman Mickey Long released this statement on Wednesday night:
There were separate interviews conducted with chancellor candidates on Wednesday outside of Lubbock. The interviews were not posted and conducted as open meetings because all aspects of the Regents' participation in the interviews, including air and ground transportation as well as the interviews themselves, were structured in such a way that there never was a quorum of the Board together for any deliberations.
Discussions by Regents of the candidates are reserved for executive sessions during the posted Board meetings set for Thursday and Friday.
The interviews were structured and conducted in this manner specifically to protect the confidentiality of the candidates, which is allowed under Section 552.123, Texas Government Code.
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