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Governor Perry to join UT System leaders in the Rio GrandeValley as they unveil plans for new university

Governor Rick Perry will join The University of Texas System Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell and Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa on Tuesday, July 16, as they unveil plans for a new university in South Texas.

Governor Perry and UT leaders will make remarks about the significance of a sweeping initiative that will unite UT Pan American and UT Brownsville to establish a new university and a new medical school in the Rio GrandeValley.

Governor Perry also will participate in ceremonial signings of the legislation that gives the UT System the authority to establish a new university that will be eligible for participation in the Permanent University Fund. The Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 24 this spring, and it was signed into law by Governor Perry in June. The ceremonial signings represent an opportunity for state leaders to celebrate with the Rio GrandeValley community and announce new developments on this historic undertaking.

Chairman Powell and Chancellor Cigarroa will discuss next steps for the creation of the university, including timelines and guiding principles.

The ceremony at UT Pan American, hosted by President Robert Nelsen, will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the UTPA Student Union.  A reception and media availability will follow.

A second ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. in Brownsville, hosted by UT Brownsville President Juliet Garcia, at the TSCArtsCenter with a reception and media availability to follow.

Both ceremonies will be webcast live on


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