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Gov. Abbott clears air surrounding Chancellor Duncan's retirement and McMahan strife

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Governor Abbott stopping in Lubbock Wednesday for a campaign fundraiser at the Frazier Alumni Pavilion.

During his stop he took a moment to clear the air surrounding the retirement of Texas Tech Chancellor Robert Duncan.

"Listen I know some issues over the past week and I want to emphasis a couple of points," Gov. Abbott. "One is I have great respect and admiration for a long time friend of mine and that is Robert Duncan."

The Governor said he was equally shocked at the retirement.

"From what I understand no one even knew until it happened over the course of that board meeting. So it was sometime after that."

He said regardless of Tech's Chancellor his backing for the university and its endeavors is unwavering, including the School of Veterinary Medicine proposed in Amarillo.

"I have supported the vet school and I will continue to support whatever the mission is of the Texas Tech University."

The Duncan controversy is not the only strife surrounding Gov. Abbott's campaign stop. Prominent Lubbock Developer George McMahan was dis-invited from the fundraiser after making comments relating to donations being required to be appointed to Tech's Board of Regents.

"This is standard protocol for us. We have lawyers that look at every contribution we receive to make sure there's no legal prohibition about us being able to receive the contribution. Because of information the lawyers on my team received they thought it was important to return that particular contribution."

He said if a position were to open on the board a Tech alum from Lubbock would be at the top of his list.

"I want to make sure we appoint regents who attended one of the universities in the system. Second I look for various different types of diversity. When it comes to geographic diversity that would seem to include Lubbock."

Governor Abbott's team members said they have at least one more stop in Lubbock before the November election.

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