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Posted: Sep 24, 2013 7:30 PM

Updated: Sep 24, 2013 7:55 PM

BROWNSVILLE - The University of Texas System chancellor on Tuesday visited the Rio Grande Valley to address concerns over the merger of three higher-learning institutions.

University of Texas at Brownsville and University of Texas-Pan American staffers expressed their concerns to Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa.

Cigarroa visited UTB Tuesday to get input from staffers and students on their vision for the new university.

Professor William Davis said his concern is that there are not enough professors to teach the thousands of students expected to enroll in the new university.

"We have about 1,000 more students at UTB than we expected, or that we had projected. That's good, but we lost too many faculty through rifting and retiring. I worry we will not have adequate faculty qualified for our students," Davis said.

"No one can say that the work before us is going to be easy. We have to understand that traditionally funding lags a year or so behind enrollment growth," Cigarroa said.

Cigarroa said staffers should expect added pressure and more work in the years to come. He said everything will even out once the new university is operational in about two years.

Topics: francisco cigarroa, ut system, utb, utpa

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