Dearest Friends of UTB and UTPA,
When Francisco Cigarroa, M.D., delivered his Vision Statement in his first public speech as Chancellor of the UT System, he highlighted the importance of the Rio Grande Valley.
It was a remarkable moment.
"…Through our collaborative efforts, channeling energized creativity guided by classical wisdom, The UT System will seize the moment and transcend the issues of our time…."
"…We must take advantage of our bi-national presence. A plan must be designed to identify synergies, between our border universities, aimed at enhancing the education of students among one
of the fastest-growing regions of Texas, including advanced professional degrees…."
"…Our vision must be great, our intellects strong, our imaginations energetic, and our hearts open, as we answer the question: "What is ours to do?" in these challenging times. I strongly
believe that we now have tremendous opportunities to make incredible differences that will have positive ramifications rippling well beyond our lifetimes in terms of how our university will look,
and in how it will affect the future of Texas in the next century."
His Vision Statement was subsequently reaffirmed at a retreat with our Regents who agreed that it was time for the UT System to plant a larger flag in the Valley, a flag that everyone will see.
It has been three years in development, but we are finally at a transformative place where we can seize the proverbial day. We believe that the constellations are perfectly—and finally—aligned to
bring significant resources to the Valley and create new and powerful synergies.
On Thursday, December 6, at 11:00 a.m., the two of us will join Chancellor Cigarroa in a special presentation to the Board of Regents to set forth a plan that we believe will forever transform not
only the Valley, but also the State. We hope that you will watch the live webcast.
On Friday, December 7, Board of Regents’ Chairman Gene Powell and Chancellor Cigarroa will visit our campuses to have further conversations about the plan and for a brief town hall meeting. We hope
that you can join us at the following times and locations. You may also access the UTB meeting online at http://media.utb.edu/live.html.