Lucio III, Eddie
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12/06/2012
UT REGENTS APPROVE ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW MEDICAL SCHOOL IN RIO GRANDE VALLEY
Today the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System met and passed a measure which would create a new medical school in the Rio Grande Valley by merging UT Brownsville and UT Pan American into one new UT system that will house the new medical school. The Board also approved the $100 million over the next 10 years needed to accelerate the transitioning of the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen to a free-standing school of medicine.
"I am grateful to the Board for continuing their efforts to advance Higher Education interests in South Texas," said Lucio. "I applaud their commitment and support to transform the Rio Grande Valley into the epicenter of the Americas."
The enrollment to the new university is projected to be 27,659, with over 5,000 faculty and staff positions as well. The new medical school is projected to bring between 7,000 to 10,000 new, high-paying jobs to the region.
"This is a very important issue, which is very dear to my community," Lucio remarked. "South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley have had this need for a long time, and I am very happy to see this need being addressed today with this historic moment."
While the Board of Regents passed the measure today, the Legislature must give approval for the progress to continue. Representative Lucio will work alongside his fellow legislators in the upcoming 83rd Session to pass legislation approving the creation of the new medical school.
"The Rio Grande Valley, as well as the rest of the State, will greatly benefit from the creation of a new medical school in South Texas," Lucio commented. "Moving forward on this will be one of our top priorities this session."