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John Burns Retirement Reception

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John Burns Retirement Reception. A reception that brought more than 150 friends, guests and agricultural industry leaders from across the city and state was held June 29 at the university’s Merket Alumni Center. Burns, himself a former Texas Tech provost, came out of retirement in 2007 to serve as interim dean of CASNR. In 2008, he was named dean of the college. A faculty member since 1969, Burns was chairman of Tech’s biological sciences department from 1987 to 1995.

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