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.
Our work now is to move forward. Certainly, separation will be a complicated task, but one that I’m confident we will work through while ensuring that the well-being of our students is paramount in all we do.
Our mission has always been to serve the higher-education needs of our growing community; that remains unchanged. Given the challenging fiscal constraints faced by the state of Texas in particular and our country in general, we must take extraordinary care to continue to make decisions that use scarce resources efficiently.
This semester, one of our freshman classes was asked to write an essay on why they want to graduate from college. Three themes emerged from the responses:
To get a better job for a better life
To make my family proud of me
To be a role model for my children, brothers and sisters
Through our work in higher education, we have inspired a new generation of students in our region who have dared to dream and who are counting on us to help them fulfill those dreams.
It is time now to set aside the differences that surfaced over the last few months and to seek solutions to the complex path before us.
Let us each take a moment to pause and reflect on our extraordinary accomplishments. They have been the result of the hard work of hundreds whose leadership guided our path. Imagine now what we can accomplish going forward: the next step in an evolutionary process toward providing more opportunities for our students. We have always been the designers and builders of our future. We are called to that task again.
We have overcome great challenges in the past. I am confident that with your help, cooperation and goodwill, we will continue to succeed.