University of Texas-Brownsville and Texas Southmost College
The University of Texas at Brownsville (abbreviated as UTB and formerly known as the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College [UTB/TSC]) is an educational institution located in Brownsville, Texas. The university is on the land once occupied by Fort Brown.
Texas Southmost College Main article: Texas Southmost College Texas Southmost College (TSC) was established in 1926 under the name "The Junior College of the Lower Rio Grande Valley." It admitted its first class on September 21 of that same year. In 1931, its name was changed to "Brownsville Junior College." In 1950, the institution was given its current name. University of Texas-Pan American at Brownsville In 1973, Texas Southmost College formed a partnership with Pan-American University, now known as the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA). The partnership allowed Pan-American University to establish a four year university in Brownsville. The resulting independent institution was referred to as Pan American University at Brownsville. In 1989, Pan American University joined the University of Texas System, creating the University of Texas Pan-American at Brownsville (UTPA-B). Brownsville sought a University directly under the UT System and in 1991 the University of Texas Pan-American at Brownsville became the University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB). University of Texas at Brownsville-Texas Southmost College After UTB was created, a partnership was established between UTB and TSC, allowing TSC students to seamlessly transition to the four year University without reapplying. The university has academic colleges including business, education, liberal arts and nursing. UTB-TSC's funding came from both the college tax district as well as the State of Texas. After failure to pass a 2002 multi-million-dollar bond, the TSC tax district voters successfully passed a $68 million bond issue to construct additional classrooms ($28 million), additional library space ($14 million), Workforce Training Classrooms ($17 million), Center for Early Childhood Studies ($4 million), and Center for Alzheimer's, Diabetes, Cancer, and Heart Disease ($5 million). Dr. Juliet V. Garcia served as UTB-TSC President from 1991 to 2011; Dr. Garcia is also the first Hispanic woman to be the President of any university in the United States. End of Educational Partnership with Texas Southmost College On Nov. 10, 2010, the University of Texas System Board of Regents voted to end the University of Texas at Brownsville's educational partnership with Texas Southmost College. On Feb. 17, 2011 the TSC Board of Trustees voted 4-3 to separate from UTB. Juliet V. Garcia now continues as the president of UTB. Merger with UTPA and Medical School On December 6, 2012, the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System approved a proposal to merge UTB, the University of Texasï¿½Pan American, and a planned medical school into one regional institution. On December 12, 2013, the UT Board of Regents voted to name the new university The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
The University of Texas at Brownsville draws upon the intersection of cultures and languages at the southern border and Gulf Coast of the United States to develop knowledgeable citizens and emerging leaders who are engaged in the civic life of their community. It embraces teaching excellence, active inquiry, lifelong learning, rigorous scholarship, and research in service to the common good. The University promotes the interdisciplinary search for new knowledge that advances social and physical well-being and economic development through commercialization, while honoring the creative and environmental heritage of its region.
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