Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, and other University officials recently met with U.S. Senator John Cornyn to update him on the merger approved by the Texas Legislature this year of UTPA and The University of Texas at Brownsville and the creation of a medical school in the Rio Grande Valley.
They, along with administrators from UTB and The University of Texas System, discussed the benefits the new university and medical school will bring to South Texas, such as economic development, educational resources and increased health care access for the region's residents and students.
Pictured left to right at the meeting with Cornyn are Jana Lozano, Coordinator for Federal Relations, UT System; Terry Thompson, Chief Legal Officer, UTPA; William Shute, Vice Chancellor for Federal Relations, UT System; Lisa Cardoza, Chief of Staff and Governmental Relations Officer, UTPA; Julio Leon, Special Advisor, Project South Texas; Cornyn; Nelsen; Dr. Alan Artibise, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, UTB; Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, UTPA; and Ben Reyna, Assistant Provost for Governmental Relations, UTB.
Go to the Project South Texas website to learn more about the new university and medical school.