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Texas Tech chancellor who supported El Paso dental school resigns

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The Texas Tech chancellor who supported the building of a new dental school in El Paso has resigned.

The chancellor, Robert Duncan, says he will step down in exactly two weeks. The dental school he supported would be the first-ever dental school in West Texas.

About a month ago, the chancellor told AJ Media that he had no plans to leave the system, but an unnamed source told the Texas Tribune that there had been concerns from administrators about spending and its impact on students and affordability.

Although Duncan was behind bringing the dental school to El Paso, the chairman of Texas Tech’s board is from El Paso and a spokesperson for the system says the board recently approved plans, which include support for programs like the dental school.

The dental school is currently waiting for approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which includes a proposal for the curriculum.

The school is also waiting to become accredited by the Commission of Dental Accreditation.

Right now, Texas Tech’s website for the El Paso campus says the dental school is expected to open by 2021.

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