INTERVIEW: Tech regent appointee Griffin says system is 'unified

INTERVIEW: Tech regent appointee Griffin says system is 'unified' behind vet school proposal

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Governor Abbott appointed three new members to the Texas Tech University System's Board of Regents. Mark Griffin of Lubbock is general counsel of Rip Griffin Truck Service Center, Inc., and serves as president of Pro Petroleum, Inc. 

A guest on the News@Nine Wednesday, the same day of his appointment, Griffin said he strongly believes in the unity the proposed vet school is providing for Texas Tech and said he supports it. 

"My sense of where I think the leadership is at Tech is that they are unified in that support," he said. "I'm optimistic that we're going to get that across the finish line."

He said the current leadership at Tech is one that shows unity in all initiatives and believes the university has reached a point to move forward and continue to improve. 

"I think it's a very, very exciting time for Texas Tech," he said. "They're positioned to do some things and move forward that, 10 years ago, they could have only dreamed about."

Griffin served on the board of regents from 2005 to 2009. He said his previous term has helped him better understand higher education.

"Sometimes you can't bring basic business principles that you think ought to apply to running an institution of higher education," he said. "They don't fit quite as well as you think they would."

He said he hopes rejoining the board with a new viewpoint and perspective will benefit the university. 

A former trustee of Lubbock Independent School District, Griffin said his focus is to improve the institution by giving the best education to its students. He plans to focus on enrollment growth and strengthen individuals colleges on campus. 

"Now the challenges are how do we deliver it effectively and affordably," he said. "And I think those are going to be continued issues that we're going to be visiting about. And I look forward to engaging in that conversation."

Griffin's appointment must still be confirmed by the state Senate. If confirmed, his term will last until 2025. You can watch his full interview at the top of this page.

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