UTB president Julia Garcia makes statement on merger bill

Juliet Garcia, who president of the University of Texas Brownsville, on Friday made a statement concerning the merger bill for UTB, the ;niversity of Texas Pan America and the new South Texas medical school.
She states:
“This historic legislation sets a new trajectory for the people of the Rio Grande Valley. A new day has finally dawned. It culmiates decades of effort to get UTPA and UTB at the table as equal partners with their sister institutions. And, as an added and powerful bonus, it launches the next evolutionary stage of this establishment of the RGV medical school.
“The effort required the skillful of vision, courage and fortutude among and between regional and statewide leadership. It was complicated and challenging. But in the end, everyone was clear that more important than individual agendas was the combined impact of a regional vision and that we had to take advantage of this extraorinary moment in time to leapfrog the Valley into the 21st Century.
“Once in a great while if we’re fortunate, we have the privilege to be a part of something individually and colletively that is very important. This is one of those rare moments.
“My most sincere congratulations to Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, the UT Board of Regents, state leaders, the Valley’s local legislative delegation, community leaders and (UTPA) President Robert Nelson, without whose combined vision continued support this simply would never had happended. Felifidadas!”

9 comments for “UTB president Julia Garcia makes statement on merger bill

  1. erlkonig
    May 17, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Took one for the “team”. Funny Harlingen always seems forced too. Y’all need better representation. All bets are off. Thus was the biggest development to happen to the town in over a decade, and your efforts were dismissed. Wrong. No sugar coating, I don’t care how “diplomatic” the language.

  2. Citizen
    May 17, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Agree with above. Harlingen needs better representation at the state level. Period.

    To watch our supposed “representation” so shamelessly celebrate this “victory” was awful. Awful, awful, awful.

  3. john
    May 17, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    As long as the ignorant keep voting stupid nothing will ever change. Just look at the recent city elections. Now take that to a grand scale in terms of those who continually vote democant and listen to those who’s records should clearly determine the voters decision but rarely does.

  4. erlkonig
    May 19, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Baylor College of Medicine. Its private and Harlingen wouldn’t need anyone else’s approval. It would add to the medical corridor and would resemble Houston’s Texas Medical Center, where lots of universities have a presence. Who would not want to study in an area where diabetes, and obecity are prevalent. Mexico is close by prividing more research opportunies. Cancer is the number one killer of the Hispanic people. Fund money to set up a Baylor research program to study cancer at an extension office. It wouldn’t compete with the RAHC, it would set up the region as a hot bed for research.

    • erlkonig
      May 19, 2013 at 7:50 am

      Go after drug companies and private medical research labs.

    • Gage D
      May 19, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      We can only hope our city leaders are so intelligently inclined to pursue such an endeavor, or even know the process in which to.

      I doubt it.

      • john
        May 19, 2013 at 8:17 pm

        As I have always said Gage D. One only has to look at the record to see the facts on how and who has held the city back for so long.

        I do expect the same from the majority in charge but am waiting to see if the “new guy” can think for himself and his district.

  5. erlkonig
    May 20, 2013 at 2:33 pm


    Cancer research grants set up by the state of Texas. Harlingen Medical Center, why the heck not??? They apparently don’t do cancer but why not enter a partnership with area or leading oncologists to set up a program based on services and research. Prestige, cancer care. Cancer is only going to get bigger. A fledgling program might attract another school or entities.

  6. howard hughes
    May 20, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    looks to me that juleta garcia is on her way out to retirement been at utb for voer 20 years, so i dont think she cares anymore and also local elected officials let this cat outta the bag and into Hidalgo laps. Congradualtions to Hidalgo county, so now what do we do now batman? oh well.

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