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BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JULY 16, 2013
Supporters of the legislation look on as Gov. Perry signs a document creating the new university.
Mendez, Philip Martinez and Humberto Ramos wanted to witness a historical
moment when Governor Rick Perry signed the ceremonial document establishing a
new university for South Texas that will combine The University of Texas
at Brownsville and The University of Texas Pan American,
along with establishing a medical school.
with about 600 students, faculty, staff and members of the Brownsville
community, the three UTB students joined the celebratory atmosphere at the
event held in the Texas Southmost College
Arts Center on Tuesday, July 16.
think this is a great blessing for the Rio Grande Valley that will give the
community an opportunity to prosper,” said 20-year-old Mendez, a junior
accounting and marketing major from Alamo. “This new university will offer a
great education for students and will help create a better quality of life for
residents of the Valley.”
a 20-year-old junior psychology major who is focused on a career in counseling,
said he knew the new university would be a boost to the South Texas economy and
help create job opportunities in the region.
Dr. Robert Nelsen, President of UT Pan American, and dignitaries recognize Dr. Juliet V. García, President of UT Brownsville, during the signing ceremony.
a 19-year-old sophomore, said he is especially interested in the creation of a
local medical school. Among the few students admitted to UTB’s Early
Medical School Acceptance Program [EMSAP] that will take
him to study at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Ramos said
he is pleased to know more doors to medical professions will be opened to local
students in the future.
Francisco G. Cigarroa, Chancellor of The University of Texas
System, spoke of the new university as a “work in progress.” He said part of
the planning process will include town hall meetings for members of the UTB and
UTPA campus communities, as well as residents of the RGV, to be held over the
next several months.
Chancellor said the new university would be admitting its first students in the
fall of 2016, and he was hoping a name for the institution would be decided by
the end of this year.
Perry said he felt strongly about including his support of creating a new UT
System university in his State of the State address.
is a milestone on the Valley’s journey,” Perry said, giving recognition to
those who came before who “planted flags” and established the foundation for
the creation of the new university.
Humberto Ramos, Stephanie Mendez and Philip Martinez