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Dr. Mitchell comments after being named Interim Chancellor

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Dr. Tedd Mitchell makes his first comments after being named Texas Tech's Interim Chancellor.

Mitchell, the president of Texas Tech's Health Sciences Center, was picked to lead the system after Chancellor Robert Duncan announced his retirement, a decision that brought considerable scrutiny to the Board of Regents.

Mitchell relates the controversy to a football game, and he as a player on the field, said he's just going to block out the jeers.

"It is not important. What I've got to do is come in, go through everything with everybody on our team including at the system level because we have just a very very very short window before now and January," he said.

Dr. Mitchell said among his prerogatives, beginning to fundraise and preparing for Tech's legislative priorities, including the vet school.

"We will charge relentlessly in this next session to get a school of dentistry for El Paso. We will charge relentlessly to get a Texas Tech Mental Health Institute. And we will charge relentlessly to get a college of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo for TTU. Why? Because the people of this region need it desperately and they need our help to do that," he said.

Mitchell will take the reins of the Tech System on September 1st. There isn't a timetable on when Duncan's replacement could be named.

When asked if he would consider permanently becoming the chancellor, Mitchell just shrugged off the notion.

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