Will the New Year Bring a New University to the Valley?

EDINBURG — Robert Nelsen, the president of the University of Texas-Pan American, does not like to think of the 85-year-old institution he has run since January 2010 being abolished by the Legislature.

But he intends to spend much of the 2013 legislative session encouraging lawmakers to do just that. “I hate that word,” he said recently from his office in this Rio Grande Valley town. “But that’s the technical word you have to use. 'Abolish.'”

Nelsen’s partner in this effort is Juliet García, the president of the University of Texas at Brownsville, who will make a similar push ...

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