Texas Tech’s Duncan was forced to retire– documents prove our sources correct
According to documents obtained by EverythingLubbock.com‘s intrepid reporter James Clark, the Texas Tech University Board of Regents will paid out-going Chancellor Robert Duncan for the duration of his contract, which runs through June 2019.
A transition agreement signed by Board Chairman Rick Francis and Duncan states:
“There being a need, however, to facilitate a prompt transition of duties to an interim chancellor, it is agreed that the Chancellor will cease his duties as of August 31,2018. ln return for the Chancellor’s cooperation to facilitate this impoftant transition, the Chancellor will receive payment of all sums which would have been paid under his contract as if he had retired as of June 30, 2019.”
The transition agreement confirms what well-placed sources have told us: Duncan “was forced to retire or chose to resign. Sources who’ve watched events unfold believe it was the former.”
Not only does this revelation illuminate that Duncan was forced to retire, it also verifies another important point sources have made us: A majority of the board did not want Duncan, a 25-year Texas political pro in Austin when the next legislative session begins in January.
Though the board has publicly announced support for Tech’s large-animal veterniarian school in the aftermath of Duncan’s forced retirement, to force Duncan out, while paying him, brings concerns about a majority of the board’s ultimate intentions.
As of now, not only is the vet school’s fate in doubt in the Texas Legislature, the dental school in Francis’ El Paso may also be in doubt, according to an op-ed penned by two dental professions in the Dallas Morning News today. The piece reads like A&M Chancellor John Sharp’s response to my column in the same publication back in late June.
For now, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Gang of Five regents bit off more than they could chew in forcing Duncan to retire.
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