28,000 students would attend
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