Chancellor Cigarroa to visit South Texas Wednesday

UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, M.D., will visit the South Texas High School for Health Professions (Med High) in Mercedes on March 26 to continue the ongoing conversation about the establishment of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

The event will start at 10 a.m. at Med High, 700 Med High Drive in Mercedes. Because of construction on the campus, please park in the parking lot across from the Bibliotecha Las Americas building. Enter the school through the north entrance, near the pavilion. Members of the media and others must check in once entering the school.

Med High’s mission is anchored by a push for rigorous academic and technical instruction that helps students successfully transition into allied health careers and/or post-secondary education. UT Rio Grande Valley will bring world-class medical education to South Texas, and this visit will allow students with a clear interest in health professions one-on-one access to the chancellor, a nationally recognized transplant surgeon.

This visit marks the sixth in a series of community meetings with students, faculty, staff and the South Texas community related to the establishment of UTRGV. Community involvement has been essential in making UTRGV a reality and will continue to play a major role in helping to build a world-class university and medical school.

In February, Dr. Francisco Fernandez was named the inaugural dean of the UTRGV School of Medicine. Earlier this month, the UT System Board of Regents voted to interview five candidates for the position of president of UTRGV.

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