Last legislative session Senator Charles Perry and the rest of the West Texas legislative team brought home $5 million to fund a feasibility study for a Texas Tech School of Veterinary medicine in Amarillo.
In the face of opposition from his own Board of Regents, Chancellor Duncan took the Texas Tech Model to Amarillo and the community responded with a $90 million commitment to build a vet school.
Kudos to all involved, but the task isn't complete yet.
Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp is a powerful and well-connected operator, as evidenced by his appointment as the governor's hurricane recovery czar. And now, in recent weeks, he's taken his campaign against a Tech vet school public.
Now John Sharp's loyalties are obvious, he's an Aggie. But it's harder to understand why any of Tech's regents would drag their feet. Any regent who can't support a Tech vet school now, whether the Governor supports it or not, ought to resign his office.
And now, with the full commitment and support of the Amarillo community, it's time to push this ball over the goal line in the next legislative session.
West Texas ranchers need more veterinarians than A&M can provide.
Consider This: Red Raider Nation, let's put the Board of Regents on notice: a world-class university in West Texas deserves a world-class vet school.
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