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Texas Tech System prepping for key legislative session

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The Texas Tech System is gearing up to convince lawmakers in Austin to fund key projects including the vet school in Amarillo.

The 'State of the System' presentation intended to show Tech's progress and garner support for its work. 

Interim Chancellor Tedd Mitchell said the state right now is "outstanding." Despite the concern surrounding Robert Duncan's retirement, he is confident these projects will continue to be supported.

"As a system, we're pushing forward on full blast on the vet school, the dental school, and the mental health center,"Mitchell said.

Just because Duncan's retiring, does not mean he will not be involved. Mitchell said the former chancellor and state lawmaker is still committed to working with the system to make sure this vet school in Amarillo happens.

"One of the things he's passionate about it is making sure all the initiatives that all our universities have are carried forward into the legislative session," Mitchell said.

Back on main campus, there is endless expansion. This includes expanding the Maedgen Theatre, renovating Weeks Hall, remodeling Holden Hall, and finishing Experimental Sciences Building 2. 

When it comes to the abandoned Municipal Coliseum and Auditorium, you can expect it to come down mid April 2019. Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec said it is likely it will be an athlete-friendly dorm.

"We're pretty far along in that planning," Schovanec said. "That space will be put to use as part of the growth of Tech and also Lubbock will be pleased with how it's eventually utilized."

At the main Texas Tech campus, enrollment keeps growing. Schovanec expects it to be at 40,000 students by 2020. 

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