With Deepest Gratitude: A Message from Chancellor Robert Duncan
August 13, 2018
Texas Tech University System Chancellor Robert Duncan issued today (August 13) the following email.
Message from Chancellor Duncan:
TTU System Family:
Over four years ago, when becoming Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System I declared that we were a university system of the first class. Since that time, we have continued to uphold that standard, made significant progress in elevating the maturity of our System and have achieved even greater levels of success in the advancement of a broader vision.
As we approach the start of a new school year, I look back with pride on the tremendous strides we have made in recent years. But I have also reflected on my life, my decades of public service, and realize that, at 65, it’s time to retire, move on and begin to tackle new challenges. In doing so, I’m grateful for the support I have received from the Board of Regents, the System, our universities, and all those who love Texas Tech University as much as I do. I am committed to a smooth transition to ensure that our progress continues unabated.
Serving the System as Chancellor has been the honor of a lifetime and the highlight of my professional career. This position, and working alongside each of you, is an experience for which I am forever grateful. The growth and progress of the System and our four institutions over the past four years are undeniable and will make a difference in our communities, state and nation for years to come. We have so much to be proud of.
Together, we have raised more than $585 million in philanthropic support, building
a culture of sustained philanthropy. Our endowment has grown $150 million to a total
value of $1.3 billion. Degrees awarded, student enrollment and research expenditures
have reached record levels. We also have built significant momentum and support for
new major initiatives to benefit our universities and the State of Texas.
Most importantly, the relationships Terri and I have built with Board members, system and university leadership, donors, students, faculty and staff during this time mean so much to us. We look forward to maintaining these friendships and watching the System continue to flourish in the years ahead.
I came to Texas Tech University as a young man from Vernon, Texas. Like many, I needed inspiration and confidence to realize what was possible for my future. This university and its people empowered me to believe I was capable of achieving a future beyond my wildest dreams. They started me on a journey that took me to law school, led me to serve our state and community in the Texas Legislature, and ultimately culminated with serving as Chancellor of the greatest university system in the nation. From here, it is indeed possible.
Terri and I cannot thank you enough for the support and friendship over these last four years. We are forever grateful.
Yours very truly,