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Chancellor Cigarroa to visit Rio Grande Valley in September, tentative future dates announced

Sep 17 2013

UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., will visit the Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday, Sept. 24, to continue conversations regarding the new UT university and medical school in South Texas.

Cigarroa will meet with students at Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy in Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District from noon until 1 p.m. to hear their thoughts on educational opportunity in the Rio Grande Valley and what the new UT will mean for them.

UT System hires special advisor for Project South Texas

Sep 5 2013

Julio León, former president of Missouri Southern State University (MSSU), has been hired to serve as special advisor to The University of Texas System’s Office of Academic Affairs.  León will lead and coordinate campus teams that will assist UT System leadership with planning the new university and medical school in the Rio Grande Valley. Historic legislation passed by the Texas Legislature this year paves the way to establish a new UT university in South Texas, combining the resources and assets of The University of Texas at Brownsville and The University of Texas-Pan American.

Regents approve guiding principles for new university in South Texas

Jul 10 2013

The University of Texas System Board of Regents has approved goals and guiding principles for the new UT university and medical school to be established in the Rio Grande Valley.

Gene Powell and Francisco Cigarroa on the signing of Senate Bill 24

Jun 15 2013

"We are so thrilled that Governor Perry has signed Senate Bill 24 and now the path is clear for us to embark on this mission to build a world-class university in South Texas. This is truly landmark and transformational legislation that will benefit all of Texas and the nation. We are incredibly thankful to all who have been supportive of this important initiative.

Gene Powell and Francisco Cigarroa on the passage of Senate Bill 24

May 17 2013

“One of Texas’ most important regions will soon have a new university of the 21st Century with a global mission serving 30,000 students, as well as a medical school with associated residency programs. This new university will be the second-largest Hispanic-serving institution in America in terms of enrollment. It will also be eligible for Permanent University Funds previously unavailable to UT Brownsville or UT Pan American.

Regents approve lease negotiations between UT Brownsville and Texas Southmost College

May 9 2013

AUSTIN – The University of Texas System Board of Regents today authorized the completion of negotiations for a lease between The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College that would help ease the transition as the two institutions begin the separation process after two decades of sharing a campus, resources and programs.

Plans for new South Texas university take a bold step forward

Mar 19 2013

The Texas House of Representatives today unanimously approved House Bill 1000, which authorizes the creation of a new University of Texas institution in South Texas.

The initiative would include the University of Texas at Brownsville and the University of Texas Pan-American and would create a new medical school to serve South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley.

UT System tackling statewide physician shortage

Feb 13 2013

AUSTIN – In order to ensure all Texans continue to have access to health care, The University of Texas System is taking critical steps to address the state’s physician shortage.

Two of these key initiatives include establishing new medical schools and increasing the number of resident slots across the state – both of which will have a significant impact on the state’s health care and economy. © 2014 The University of Texas System.
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