28,000 stu­dents would at­tend

Re­gents

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ceeds for other UT cam­puses, said Scott Kel­ley, the sys­tem’s ex­ec­u­tive vice chan­cel­lor for busi­ness aflairs.

The re­gents, meet­ing in Austin, also pledged to al­lo­cate $100 mil­lion over the next 10 years to ad­vance eflorts to ex­pand a re­gional aca­demic health cen­ter in Har­lin­gen into a full-fledged med­i­cal school. In ad­di­tion, the UT Sys­tem has asked the Leg­is­la­ture to dou­ble its $10 mil­lion an­nual ap­pro­pri­a­tion to the health cen­ter.

“That alone will not be enough,” said state Sen. Juan Hi­no­josa, D-McAllen, adding that the Val­ley also needs to es­tab­lish a tax­ing district to help un­der­write the med­i­cal school.

The aca­demic side of the univer­sity would op­er­ate at the Brownsville cam­pus and the Pan Am cam­pus, about 65 miles to the north­west in Ed­in­burg. An ad­min­is­tra­tive head­quar­ters over­see­ing those cam­puses and the med­i­cal school would be es­tab­lished in McAllen in an ap­par­ent share-theglory nod to the po­lit­i­cal re­al­i­ties of the Val­ley, whose lead­ers tend to be highly ter­ri­to­rial.

Chan­cel­lor Fran­cisco Ci­gar­roa said merg­ing the Brownsville and Pan Am univer­si­ties would yield one of the largest His­panic-serv­ing schools in the na­tion, with nearly 28,000 stu­dents and about 1,500 fac­ulty mem­bers. Although he said it was pre­ma­ture to dis­cuss lay­ofls, he ac­knowl­edged that their com­bined 3,800 stafl mem­bers would be high rel­a­tive to staffing at other UT cam­puses. “We’d have to take a look at that,” he said.

Of­fi­cials said pri­vately that they might want to in­clude the phrase “the Amer­i­cas” in the name of the pro­posed new univer­sity. Their pub­lic com­ments in­cluded fre­quent

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