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UT Merger Talks Continue in Brownsville

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Posted: Dec 7, 2012 4:50 PM

Updated: Dec 7, 2012 5:57 PM

BROWNSVILLE - The presidents of the University of Texas-Pan American and the University of Texas at Brownsville met on Friday in Brownsville to discuss the possible merger of their schools.

UTB President Juliet Garcia and UTPA President Robert Nelsen met with University of Texas Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa to talk about the proposal.

The University of Texas Board of Regents on Thursday voted unanimously to merge UTB, UTPA and the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen into a new university. The board also approved the allocation of $100 million during the next decade to build a medical school in the Rio Grande Valley.

"I think it's good because we are going to have more resources," UTB student Vanessa Juarez.

"I think it would be a lot of benefits but I would need to look into it," UTB student Cindy Hinojosa said.

The merger proposal will go before the state legislature during next year's session. It will need two-thirds approval to become a reality.

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