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Message from Chancellor Robert Duncan

October 10, 2017 | Contact Scott Lacefield

Texas Tech University System Chancellor Robert Duncan issued today (October 10) the following message regarding the tragic events that happened last night at Texas Tech University.

Letter from Chancellor Duncan

Colleagues and Supporters:

Some of you may have watched events unfold last night while others woke to the tragic news at Texas Tech University. Words can’t express how saddened we are by the loss of one of our police officers, and I ask that you keep the fallen officer’s family and the entire Texas Tech Police Department in your thoughts and prayers.

In the face of this incident, I’m proud of the leadership of President Schovanec and the response of the Texas Tech University team. Their prompt notification protocols worked as planned; kept our students, faculty and staff safe; and their families informed with constant communication. I also would like to thank Governor Greg Abbott, Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope and all of the law enforcement professionals from across the area who supported our campus during this time of need.

Many of you are asking how you can help. More details will be available regarding a memorial service and how to support the officer’s family. In the meantime, I ask that you thank our selfless public servants who put themselves in harm’s way and protect us every day. I also ask that you help assure all of our students that no matter what they are going through, their safety and wellbeing is our top priority. We have professionals on our campuses to help should you need to talk with someone. Please don’t hesitate to seek this support.

We pride ourselves on being a family in the Texas Tech University System. I know we will all be there to support our students, faculty and staff during this difficult time.

Yours very truly,

Robert Duncan

Memorial Fund Information

If you would like to support the family of fallen Texas Tech University police officer Floyd East Jr. following the tragic events of Monday evening, a memorial fund can be found here: http://donate.give2tech.com/?fid=IA000180