UT Pan American Broncos (WAC member) to merge with UT Brownsville Ocelots (formerly Scorpions, changed this year, D3 non-basketball member, just w/m golf, soccer, cross country, w volleyball, and recently canceled NAIA baseball program) are going to be part of a totally new UT university currently referred to as Project South Texas (official name TBD)http://www.utsystem.edu/news/topics/project-south-texas
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From the FAQ page...What is Project South Texas?
•Project South Texas is a temporary name for The University of Texas System-led initiatives in South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley that includes efforts to create a new 21st century university with global impact and a new medical school.
•The new university will combine the talent, assets and resources of UT Brownsville, UT Pan American and the Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC), along with other resources to create a new model of university excellence uniquely designed to transform the quality of life, health and economic prosperity of the region.When will the university be named?
•The target for announcing the new name is by the end of 2013. Input will be solicited from the Valley community and a wide range of stakeholders.What is the timeline for establishing the new university?
•During the summer of 2013, a special adviser will be appointed through the UT System Office of Academic Affairs to coordinate and facilitate a transition team that will begin planning and developing the new university. The transition team will include UT Brownsville President Juliet Garcia and UT Pan American President Robert Nelsen.
•The Board of Regents is launching a national search with the goal of announcing a president for the new university in 2014.
•Transition and accreditation processes will continue throughout 2014 and 2015.
•The new university is expected to enroll its inaugural class of first-year students in the fall of 2015.What happens to UT Brownsville and UT Pan American when the new university is created?
•Assets and resources from the current institutions will be consolidated and become part of the new university. It is the expectation that both campuses will grow with the new university.When and how will the mascot and school colors be selected and what about athletics, student and alumni groups and other university organizations?
•The new university president will begin working with students in 2014 to develop a process for selecting a new university mascot and school colors.
•Once the new university president is appointed, campus work groups will be formed to review how athletic teams and student teams, groups, alumni and other organizations will be organized and operate in the new university.
Wow, interesting change for UTPA and UTB. I hope this helps get the athletic programs up and to full speed soon. I like the name Pan American....hope they keep it.
Seems like the UT system has really been working on moving some of their teams up to new levels. With UTSA, UTA, UTPA making strides to new and better conferences. I wonder if UT Dallas and UT Permian Basin will get the same treatment, next? UTD has over 15k students and could easily work themselves into the Lone Star or maybe even Southland?