The Rio Grande Valley may be getting a new university — sort of.
At Thursday's meeting of the University of Texas System Board of Regents, Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa announced a major plan to consolidate its existing institutions in the region to create a new university with its own medical school. Regents unanimously supported the plan.
The system already has a strong presence in the Valley, with universities in Brownsville and Edinburg and a regional academic health center in Harlingen. The system has been engaged in an effort to leverage these assets into a full-fledged medical school.
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