New Valley University Hailed as ‘Beacon of Opportunity’



South Texas

Gov. Rick Perry was joined by The University of Texas System Chairman Gene Powell, Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) President Robert Nelson, The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) President Juliet Garcia and South Texas lawmakers, on Tuesday, July 16, at signing ceremonies for Senate Bill 24.

“The Rio Grande Valley is growing rapidly, both in terms of population and economic power,” Gov. Perry said. “This new university will be a beacon of opportunity, innovation and potential in the Valley, telling the story of the ongoing promise of the 21st Century and the growing role South Texas will play in our future.”

SB 24 creates a new university and medical school in South Texas by merging UTPA and UTB. The bill authorizes this new university to use money from the Permanent University Fund to construct and equip facilities, which will expand access to world-class education in the Valley.