Perry signs bill to merge Rio Grande Valley universities
Jacqueline Armendariz, The Monitor
EDINBURG — Building a new public university that encompasses the Rio Grande Valley has become the law of the land.
Gov. Rick Perry late Friday evening signed legislation that would merge the Valley’s two public universities and establish a medical school.
Senate Bill 24 allows the University of Texas-Pan American to merge with the University of Texas at Brownsville. With the merger comes a regional medical school officials promise will transform the Valley, as it aims to stem a critical shortage of doctors here, expand higher educational opportunities and create jobs.
UT System released a joint statement from Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell Saturday.