Honorable Robert L. Duncan
Honorable Robert L. Duncan is of counsel at Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam, L.L.P., one of the largest law firms in West Texas.
Duncan became the fourth chancellor of the Texas Tech University System on July 7, 2014 and retired on Aug. 31, 2018. Under Duncan’s leadership, the system experienced exciting, record-setting growth and elevated the maturity of its operations to ensure long-term prosperity and sustainability while advancing the system’s key impactful initiatives. Chancellor Duncan worked closely with institution presidents to set forth a vision of purposeful growth and innovation while leading the system’s engagement with leaders in Austin and Washington, D.C., and fundraising efforts to enhance funding and support for component institutions. In Chancellor Duncan’s four-year tenure, the TTU System raised over $615 million in philanthropic funds, more than any previous chancellor raised during the first four years of an administration. In that same time period, the TTU System endowment grew over $150 million to a total of $1.3 billion. Duncan emphasizes philanthropic giving as the funding that enables system universities to achieve excellence.
Before becoming chancellor, Duncan served in the Texas Legislature for more than two decades. He was elected to District 84 in the Texas House of Representatives in 1992. In 1996, he won a special election to the Texas Senate, where he served until resigning to become chancellor. During his time in the Legislature, Duncan was a champion for higher education, crafting programs such as the National Research University Fund and the Texas Research Incentive Program, or TRIP, which incentivizes giving to university research priorities by awarding state matching funds, among other programs.
Duncan received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from TTU in 1976. While completing his undergraduate degree, he served as the student body president. Duncan received his doctorate of jurisprudence from the TTU School of Law in 1981. He is married to Terri Duncan. They each have two children, and all of them are graduates of Texas Tech University.