Founding trustees Margaret McAllen of Weslaco and Fausto Yturria of Brownsville have notified the Office of Institutional Advancement that they plan to be at the meeting, where they will be recognized along with Vic Neuhaus of Houston for their roles in establishing the Foundation in 1982. (Neuhaus has written that he will be unable to attend.)
"We consider our trustees to be extensions of the university," said T. Edward Mercer, vice president for institutional advancement, who guided the Foundation’s creation. "The three founding trustees whom we will be honoring Sept. 26 set the standard for board membership, and today we have one of the strongest boards of any university foundation in the country.
"As we observe our 15th year — which is also the 70th anniversary of the university — we wanted to let our past board members know how much they mean to UT Pan American."
The Foundation board meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on campus with coffee in the Board Room of the Administration Building, then continue with tours of the new Science Building and Engineering Building. The trustees will reconvene at about 10 a.m. at the International Bank of Commerce in McAllen, where they will be hosted by trustee R. David Guerra, president of IBC.