Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I am very glad that so many alumni were able to join us last week for the historic signing of the legislation to establish a new university in South Texas that will merge UT Brownsville and UT Pan American and add a medical school. Your broad show of support for higher education was duly observed by the Governor, UT System Board of Regents Chairman, our Chancellor, and the legislators who traveled to the Rio Grande Valley and to both academic campuses.
I invite you to continue to join in this new adventure as we begin to imprint the destiny of the new university. We intend to use this transformative moment to resolve issues that have regional relevance and global impact. We did not invent the global market, but we mean to take strategic advantage of it. We are poised to be able to produce graduates, such as those in your own graduating class, who are bi-literate with complex cultural competency with the abilities to negotiate a business deal or provide health services in a global environment.
The UT System has created a Project South Texas website that includes news, guiding principles and timelines for establishing the new university as well as an invitation to submit your comments and suggestions for the new university. You are encouraged to join the conversation online and in person at the town hall meetings the UT System will conduct in the Rio Grande Valley over the next few months.
I thank you for your long-standing support of higher education in the Rio Grande Valley and the role you play as an ambassador of UT Brownsville. With anticipation, we look forward to the expansion of our UT community with the establishment of the new university and all of the opportunities it will bring to our region.
With great respect,
Juliet V. García