Report claims Texas Tech System loses $10 million pledge followi

Report claims Texas Tech System loses $10 million pledge following Duncan's retirement

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Texas Tech System has reportedly lost a $10 million pledge from a former mayor of Amarillo.

Jay Leeson, with "The Other Side of Texas" reported Jerry Hodge has withdrawn his donation because of Chancellor Robert Duncan's forced resignation. Hodge's donation reportedly included $3 million for the pharmacy school, including naming rights, and $7 million for the proposed vet school. The vet school is often cited as reason for the Board of Regents forcing Duncan to resign. 

Despite having many Aggie friends, Hodge wrote, in an email to the Tech System, "it is not the institutions, it is the people running both Texas Tech and A&M leadership, that is the reason we are upset."

Hodges's email to the system reportedly accuses someone from inside the Tech Administration of telling A&M Chancellor John Sharp about Hodge's planned gift. The e-mail indicates Hodge plans on writing an open letter to the governor, with no punches pulled.

"In short, being appointed regent is not like a federal judge. It is not a life-time appointment."

In response, Interim Chancellor Tedd Mitchell said Hodge has dedicated his life to the betterment of Amarillo and the state. Mitchell said Hodge was instrumental in establishing the school of pharmacy, including gathering funding and support for it.

He said he is forever grateful and is committed to working with Hodge on both the school of pharmacy, and the School of Veterinary Medicine.

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