It's only been 24 hours since Texas Tech Cancellor David Smith made his official announcement that he would step down, and already six names are being tossed around as possible replacement candidates. NewsChannel 11's Kealey McIntire researched the validity of the speculation and has a profile of each potential candidate.
Starting with Senator Robert Duncan , his press secretary told NewsChannel 11 Duncan's name was brought up in December when Chancellor Smith started considering other opportunities. As of right now it's unknown if he will pursue the position. Duncan is not up for re-election until 2008. Senator Duncan has an under grad and a law degree from Texas Tech. He has been named a distinguished alumnus. Duncan is a partner at Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam law firm in Lubbock.
NewsChannel 11 was unable to reach the rest of the potential candidates for comment. All but one has ties to Texas Tech. Dr. Mike Moses was Tech as Deputy Chancellor in 1999. He's been in education for over 30 years. Currently, Moses is the Chief Executive Officer of WestMark Systems, a company specializing in educational initiatives. Moses is a also board member on the Texas Business and Education Coalition. He was appointed Dallas ISD superintendent in 2000, where he served for almost four years.
Representative Pete Laney is a Texas Tech graduate and a Hale Center native. He currently serves in the Texas House of Representatives, however he's announced he will not run for re-election. Laney served as house speaker for ten years.
Former Texas Tech regent and Vice Chairman of the Board Brian Newby is also on the list. A Tech graduate, Newby now works on Governor Rick Perry's general counsel.
Kent Hance is a also Tech graduate, he's currently a lobbyist in Austin. Kent is a former US Congressman and has served as chairman for the Texas Railroad Commission.
Don Powell is the only potential candidate without direct ties to Tech. He's the father of current District Attorney Matt Powell. Don Powell is currently leading recovery and clean up efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Powell served as chairman of the board of regents of the Texas A&M system, he's been advisory board member of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service, and chairman of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce.
The Tech board of regents have the final say, none of them would comment on whether any of the names we mentioned will take over, however NewsChannel 11 will stay close to this information as it develops and bring you the latest.
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