Texas Tech University System Chancellor Robert Duncan announces retirement

Robert Duncan announces retirement

Provided by Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University System Chancellor Robert Duncan announced his retirement in an email to system employees today. Effective date of retirement will be Aug. 31.

In the message, Duncan spoke of the growth in the system and its universities and how their work is impacting the state, region and nation.

"The relationships Terri and I have built with board members, system and university leadership, donors, students, faculty and staff during this time means so much to us. We look forward to maintaining these friendships and watching the system continue to flourish in the years ahead," he said.

Achievements during the four-year tenure of Chancellor Robert Duncan:

TTU System raised more than $585 million in philanthropic support, more than any previous system administration through the first four years.

TTU System endowment has grown $150 million to a total value of $1.3 billion.

Degrees awarded, student enrollment and research expenditures have reached record levels.

TTU System and its component institutions have built significant momentum and support for new major initiatives benefiting our universities and the State of Texas.

Duncan sent this personal statement to TTU System employees on Monday:

TTU System Family:

L. Frederick "Rick" Francis, Chairman, Texas Tech University System Board of Regents issued this statement on Monday night:

"I'd like to thank Robert Duncan for his leadership of the Texas Tech University System the past four years. He has helped all of our universities reach new heights and pursue new, innovative initiatives. I've known him for many years and value his friendship. I wish him and Terri all the best in retirement."

John D. Steinmetz, Finance Chairman, Texas Tech University System Board of Regents issued this statement:

"Bob Duncan is a man of integrity. Sadly, I have heard a rumor of misappropriation of funds as the reason for his retirement. I have known him for 18 years and have twice served as chair of the board's finance committee. I can say unequivocally, that to my knowledge, Bob Duncan has not done anything unethical or illegal during his tenure as chancellor of the Texas Tech University System. The Texas Tech family greatly appreciates his leadership of the system."

Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec issued this statement on Monday night;

"Chancellor Duncan was a champion for higher education in the state legislature and Texas Tech has continued to benefit from that commitment during his tenure as chancellor of the Texas Tech University System. I admire and appreciate Chancellor Duncan for his lifetime of service to Lubbock, West Texas and our state. I am personally and professionally indebted to him and will continue to value our close friendship. I wish him and Terri the very best in retirement."