First committee hearing on legislation for new South Texas university garners wide support

At least a 100 state House members have signed on as co-sponsors of a bill to create a new university and school of medicine in South Texas since the first committee hearing last week. Twenty state Senators have joined as co-authors or co-sponsors.

In a recent article from The Monitor, University of Texas at Brownsville President Juliet Garcia said it was "extraordinary" that so many House members have already agreed to co-sponsor the legislation.

The South Texas Initiative is a bold, transformational plan by The University of Texas System leadership to create a new university in South Texas. 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. The new university, which would be eligible for funding from the Permanent University Fund, would also be home to a school of medicine.

Visit the South Texas Initiative website.