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Community input needed on name for new UT in South Texas

A campaign to collect community input on a name for the new university in South Texas launches today and will run through Dec. 6.

The University of Texas System Board of Regents will approve the final name, but Regents first want to hear from the South Texas community and especially from students, staff and faculty of UT Brownsville and UT Pan American.

The UT System is working to establish a new university and medical school that will combine the talent, assets and resources of UT Brownsville, UT Pan American and the UT Regional Academic Health Campus. The goal for the university is to build a world-class institution that will help transform South Texas with educational, economic and health care opportunities.

A national search for the president and medical school dean is under way, and the new university is expected to enroll its first class in fall 2015.

But first, the new university needs a name.

The UT System is asking for feedback on several ideas for names and is also looking for suggestions that have yet to be considered.

The suggestions proposed so far along with instructions on how to participate are detailed in a video narrated in both English and Spanish. The information is also posted on the UT System Project South Texas website .

“Selecting a name will be one of the most important decisions we will make about the new university, and we don’t want to do it without first hearing from the people of South Texas,” Regents Chairman Paul Foster said.

The Regents are expected to select a name by the end of 2013. The new university’s logo and school colors will be determined by the new president with input from students and the community.

There are four ways to submit comments and names:

And stay tuned for an announcement about a live Twitter chat with representatives from UT System, UT Brownsville and UT Pan American to talk about suggestions for names.

For more information, visit www.ProjectSouthTexas.com .

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