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Message from the President: A Conversation with the UT Brownsville Community
December 5, 2012

The University of Texas System Board of Regents will consider an item at their meeting on Dec. 6 related to a plan for comprehensive educational and health opportunities in South Texas.


Message from the President: 21st Century University Commission
September 25, 2012

As we begin a new academic year at The University of Texas at Brownsville, we have an opportunity that few will have in a lifetime: the opportunity to help design a unique, innovative university. With UT Brownsville now established as an independent university, Chancellor Cigarroa and the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System have charged us with “creating a university of the first class and a 21st Century model.”


Message from the President: Music degree 15th anniversary
April 30, 2012

One of the greatest privileges of serving as President of The University of Texas at Brownsville is to have the opportunity to bring together just the right people at the right time to make a great impact on our community.


Message from the President: Transition Update
April 25, 2012

A few weeks ago, we wrote to you to explain that due to the decision made to end the Partnership, UTB was required to redesign our organization to accommodate a smaller student population of about 7,400 students.


Message from the President: Open Letter from Dr. Pedro Reyes and Dr. Juliet V. García
March 21, 2012

This month marks one year since the final decision was made to end the Partnership between the UT System and the TSC Board of Trustees that operated UTB/TSC since 1991. As progress is made in the transition process toward full separation of UT Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, it is our intent to continually provide timely and candid communication as it becomes available through both the leadership at UT System and UT Brownsville. Each milestone in the process serves to design a thriving campus that benefits the educational priorities of our students.


Message from the President: Excelencia in Education Ranking
March 12, 2012

Since The University of Texas at Brownsville was established 20 years ago, we have felt an urgency in our work. We knew that if we were going to improve the quality of life in the Rio Grande Valley, we had to begin by raising the educational attainment in our region.


Message from the President: Impact of Biomedical Research Building
March 2, 2012

Last week we dedicated our new Biomedical Research Building on campus. The event spotlighted the rich talent of our faculty and students who are pursuing life-changing research for diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases.


Message from the President: Charro Days
February 20, 2012

Seventy-five years ago, when Brownsville and the rest of the nation faced the most difficult of times during the Great Depression, Charro Days was founded to celebrate the spirit of our region and our rich binational ties with Mexico.


Message from the President: New UTB Mission
October 27, 2011

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of The University of Texas at Brownsville. These first two decades have been highly productive years spent recruiting high-caliber faculty and staff, establishing more than 80 new bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, developing a strong research component in physics and biomedicine, refining our strategies for producing master teachers, building strong relationships with other UT institutions and paving the way for professional and doctoral education.


State budget cuts impact UTB/TSC -  Video also available 

June 24, 2011

Last week Governor Perry signed HB1, approving a two-year budget that spends $15 billion less than the last budget cycle. The severe deficit in the State of Texas means that the UTB/TSC Partnership budget will be reduced by more than $16 million over the next two years, or a total of 17% of our state appropriations. This is occurring at the same time that enrollment has increased by more than 8% during the last academic year.


New Student HousingNew Student Housing
May 18, 2011

Last week the University of Texas System Board of Regents affirmed their commitment to propel UT Brownsville’s future development by unanimously approving purchase of the La Estancia student housing complex.


A Message To Students: Moving Forward

March 25, 2011


On March 22, the Texas Southmost College Board of Trustees affirmed its decision to establish a separate junior college, ending the 20-year partnership between The University of Texas System and TSC. Our work now is to move forward.


Moving Forward
March 23, 2011

Yesterday, the Texas Southmost College Board of Trustees affirmed its decision to establish a separate junior college, ending the 20-year partnership between The University of Texas System and TSC.



Impact of Proposed Legislative Cuts
January 28, 2011

We have known for some time now that the State of texas is suffering the effects of the greatest budget deficit in its history. The most recent budget deficit estimate number is $27 billion. the House and Sentate have now released their separate versions of the base budget bill. Bot versions have sever and negative impact for higher educatino funding in our state.




First doctoral grads are shining example of successFirst doctoral grads are shining example of success
January 15, 2011

It is often very difficult to measure the outcome of our best efforts in the work of higher education. However, once in a while it becomes crystal clear. So in the midst of the very difficult context of our times, I invite you to take a moment and watch this short video that is testament to our work together.

Thank you for understanding the urgent need for higher education in South Texas, for your confidence in our commitment, and the courage to make difference.


 University celebrates MLK Day of Service


University celebrates MLK with Day of Service
January 12,2011 

Next Monday, January 17th, marks the 25th anniversary of the holiday recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King inspired a generation when he said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?"  more>>> 


Scorpion Metro: Moving you forward
January 10, 2011

Welcome back to the Spring 2011 semester. This year promises to bring many new opportunities and reason for celebration. Throughout this week I’d like to share some information that I hope you and your students will use to enrich your semester. more >>


Campus renews its commitment to the region
November 19, 2010

Over the past week, I have been approached by many of our campus and community members regarding the process moving forward for UTB and TSC. more >>


Part II - Building a New Model
October 19, 2010

The following article was published in the Brownsville Herald as part of a series that will run this week.

In the first part of this series we recounted the history of the community’s long journey towards its original goal: a four-year college; and how in 1991 the two schools entered into the current partnership agreement to offer the combined mission of a community college and a university. That successful design led to a dramatic increase of students, programs, classes and services, but with success came problems of managing the growth and complexity. more >>


Part I – UTB/TSC is established in response to an urgent need
October 17, 2010

The following article was published in the Brownsville Herald as part of a series that will run this week.

Upon the successful vote establishing the college district, a front page article of The Brownsville Herald reported: “The first two steps toward the accomplishment of the dream of expanding Texas Southmost College to a four-year school were taken last week.” It was written in November 1949. more >>


Summer Enrollment Surges
June 18, 2010

Summer is upon us, and while in the past this marked a period of time off for many students, our university is experiencing a double-digit increase in summer enrollment. more >>


Our success has never been more important: BISD Baccalaureate Ceremony
May 24, 2010

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of speaking at the two baccalaureate ceremonies for the graduating seniors from the Brownsville Independent School District. The students marched in dressed in their graduation robes that matched their school colors and sat politely, but excitedly, in the first of several events arranged for them to celebrate their graduation... more >>


A Night of Strings
March 2, 2010

Our debut public performance at the Arts Center, A Night of Strings, was a spectacular event benefiting student scholarships. As is our custom here, everyone pulled together to ensure that every detail, large and small, was given attention and treated with importance. This first public event of the Arts Center’s inaugural year stands as the most recent reflection of the caliber and dedication of our faculty, staff, and leadership... more >>

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