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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.

Legislation for a new UT university in South Texas filed today

Feb 4 2013

AUSTIN – Members of the Rio Grande Valley Legislative Delegation held a joint news conference at the Texas Capitol today announcing the filing of companion bills in the Texas Senate and Texas House of Representatives to create a new university in South Texas within The University of Texas System.

Governor’s endorsement of a new university in South Texas garners strong accolades from Rio Grande Valley leaders

Jan 29 2013

In his State of the State address before a joint session of the 83rd Texas Legislature today, Governor Rick Perry called for the Legislature to pass a bill giving South Texas access to Permanent University Funds – a vision that The University of Texas System leaders are working hard to make a reality.

“This area of the state is critical to our state’s future,” Perry said in his speech. “And our investments in the children of South Texas will return to us a thousandfold.”

Summit emphasizes urgent need for a healthier Rio Grande Valley

Dec 6 2012

Escalating health problems across the nation are reaching an epidemic scale and South Texans are suffering more than most. The area has some of the highest rates of obesity and diabetes in the country.

With one of the fastest rising populations in the country, it’s a situation that South Texans are working hard to address.  

State and national leaders in health care recently gathered at The University of Texas – Pan American in Edinburg to discuss the urgent need to improve the critical state of health in the Valley.

Board of Regents approve transformational plan to create a new university in South Texas

Dec 6 2012

AUSTIN – The University of Texas System Board of Regents today unanimously approved an initiative to authorize Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa to work with the Texas Legislature to establish a new university that includes the University of Texas at Brownsville, the University of Texas-Pan American and the future South Texas School of Medicine.

The plan would result in a single institution that spans the entire Rio Grande Valley, with a presence in each of the major metropolitan areas of Brownsville, Edinburg, Harlingen and McAllen.

UT System announces groundbreaking, transformational plan for advancing excellence in education and health in South Texas

Dec 4 2012

AUSTIN – The University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa and Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell will be available for questions from the media following a presentation on a bold new plan for advancing excellence in education and health in South Texas at Thursday’s Board of Regents meeting. They will be joined by:

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