Finalist for UTRGV president will visit South Texas May 16

Guy Bailey, the sole finalist for president of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, will meet with South Texas students, staff, faculty and local leaders on May 16.

Bailey, the former president of Texas Tech University and the University of Alabama, will participate in open forums on the campuses of UT Brownsville and UT Pan American.

Students, staff and faculty will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about Bailey, who also previously served as provost of UT San Antonio and chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The University of Texas System Board of Regents last month selected Bailey as the sole finalist for the historic position of founding president of UTRGV. Under state law, Regents must wait 21 days after naming a finalist before making the appointment official.

The Board of Regents is expected to meet later this month to consider naming Bailey president of UTRGV.

The schedule for May 16 includes separate meetings with students, staff, faculty and elected officials:

 UT Brownsville

  • 8:45-9:30 a.m. – Faculty open forum, Patio Plumeria at Main Building
  • 9:40-10:25 a.m. – Staff open forum, Patio Paraiso at Main Building
  • 10:35-11:20 a.m. – Student open forum, Patio Jacaranda at LHS
  • 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. – Meeting with Cameron County delegation, La Sala at the Student Union

 UT Pan American

  • 1:10-1:55 p.m. – Faculty open forum, UT Pan American Ball Room
  • 2:05-2:50 p.m. – Staff open forum, UT Pan American Ball Room
  • 3-3:45 p.m. – Student open forum, UT Pan American Ball Room
  • 3:55-4:35 p.m. – Meeting with Hidalgo County delegation, ITT Building International Room

Meetings at both UT Brownsville and UT Pan American will be streamed live via webcast.

UTRGV will welcome its inaugural class of students in the fall of 2015 and will open the first medical school in South Texas in 2016.

About The University of Texas System

Educating students, providing care for patients, conducting groundbreaking research and serving the needs of Texans and the nation for more than 130 years, The University of Texas System is one of the largest public university systems in the United States, with nine academic universities, six health institutions and a fall 2013 enrollment of more than 213,000. The UT System confers more than one-third of the state’s undergraduate degrees, educates two-thirds of the state’s health care professionals annually and accounts for almost 70 percent of all research funds awarded to public universities in Texas. The UT System has an annual operating budget of $14.6 billion (FY 2014) including $3 billion in sponsored programs funded by federal, state, local and private sources. With about 90,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.

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