Big news from the Texas Tech Board of Regents, they named Dr. Donald Haragan interim chancellor. NewsChannel 11's Kealey McIntire was there when it happened and has more on why the regents chose Dr. Haragan to fill the void left by Dr. David Smith.
When Smith resigned in January, the regents knew they had to find someone that would keep the university on track and moving forward. They believe Haragan has the experience to do just that. He has held numerous administrative positions including Executive Vice-President and Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Research.
Before the regents meeting even took place Friday morning, Haragan says he had an idea he would be named interim chancellor, however he was still excited when regents made it official.
The chancellor system has now been in place for ten years, Haragan says now is the perfect time to get involved. "It's really a good time to sit back and have a look at where we've been and try to make some assessments regarding those things we've done well and perhaps some of those things we haven't done quite so well," said Haragan.
Regent Scott Dueser headed up the interim search committee. He consulted with numerous Tech officials on who should fill the position and many said Haragan was the perfect candidate. "The name that kept coming up across the board was Dr. Haragan's," said Dueser.
Haragan says he'll make recommendations to the regents on how to more efficiently run the university and the health sciences center, but we wanted to know just how much of a say so does he get as interim chancellor.
"I told the search committee when we interviewed that I wouldn't at all be interested in treading water, that if I was going to be in this position I would expect to make some recommendations," explained Haragan.
Haragan has been with the university for 36 years but wants to become more familiar with the Health Sciences Center before making specific recommendations.
Regents have formed a search committee to find a permanent chancellor, in the meantime they feel confident with Haragan and will not rush the process. "With the consulting process we want to go through, I think giving Dr. Haragan some time and giving the search committee some time is both in our favor," said Dueser.
When Chancellor Smith resigned in January, ideally regents wanted to have a replacement by the start of the fall semester, but Dueser tells us that probably will not happen.
Haragan says he'll stay on as interim chancellor for as long as it takes, however he says he is not interested in the permanent position.
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