Chancellor Cigarroa to visit Rio Grande Valley Nov. 20

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D. will visit with education, community and religious leaders from across the Rio Grande Valley in Harlingen Nov. 20 to continue conversations about the new UT university and medical school in South Texas.

Cigarroa’s first stop will be Lyford High School in the Lyford Consolidated Independent School District, where he will meet with students and teachers from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. to hear their thoughts about enhancing educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley and what the new UT institution will mean for them. Lyford High School is located at 8204 Simon Gomez Road in Lyford, Texas. Members of the news media must check-in at the front office to receive a visitor's pass.

The remainder of the day will be spent in Harlingen meeting with members of Rio Grande Valley Partnership Chamber of Commerce, development board and alumni association leaders from both UT Pan American and UT Brownsville/Texas Southmost College and area clergy.

This is third in a series of community engagement visits the chancellor has made to South Texas to meet with students, staff, faculty and community members. His next visit is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 18.

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.

The new university is expected to enroll its first class in fall 2015.

For more information about the Project South Texas initiative, please visit

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 more than 87,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.

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