Written by Carina A. Brunson Friday, 19 July 2013 08:00
EDINBURG—Governor Rick Perry joined the University of Texas System Regents Chairman Gene Powell, Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, several key Texas legislators and UTPA and UTB presidents to celebrate the creation of a new UT university and medical school in the Valley. The officials gathered at the University of Texas-Pan American Tuesday as Perry ceremoniously signed copies of Senate Bill 24, the legislation that authorizes the creation of the new university.
In introducing Perry, UTPA president Robert Nelson said Perry fought the fight for the bill and is ready to get this done.
For too many years the Border Region of the state was kind of a thought that came and went, said Perry.