Chancellor Cigarroa to visit Rio Grande Valley

Chancellor Cigarroa to visit Rio Grande Valley

POSTED: Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 9:30am

UPDATED: Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 9:39am

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D. will visit with community and religious leaders from across the Rio Grande Valley in Harlingen Nov. 20 to continue conversations about the new UT university and medical school in South Texas.

In the morning, the chancellor will meet with students and teachers at Lyford High School in the Lyford Consolidated Independent School District to hear their thoughts about educational opportunities in South Texas. In the afternoon, the chancellor will travel to the UT Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) in Harlingen to speak with clergy members from the Rio Grande Valley at 2 p.m. Then, at 3:30 p.m., the chancellor will meet with development board and alumni association leaders from both UT Pan American and UT Brownsville, also at the RAHC.

Additional details about the visit will be announced soon.

This is third in a series of community engagement visits the chancellor has made to South Texas to meet with students, staff, faculty and community members. His next visit is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 18.

The UT System is in the process of establishing a new university and medical school that will combine the talent, assets and resources of UT Brownsville, UT Pan American and the RAHC. The goal for the university is to build a world-class institution that will help transform South Texas with educational, economic and health care opportunities.

The new university is expected to enroll its first class in fall 2015.

For more information about the Project South Texas initiative, please visit

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