University of Texas–Rio Grande Valley

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The University of Texas–Rio Grande Valley
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley logo
Established Fall 2015
Type Public State University
President Dr. Guy Bailey
Provost Havidan Rodriguez
Location Brownsville, Edinburg, Harlingen, Texas, USA
Colors To be announced November 2014
Nickname To be announced November 2014
Mascot To be announced November 2014
Affiliations UT System

The University of Texas–Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is a new university that will be formed in 2015 from the consolidation of University of Texas–Pan American (UTPA) and the University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB). The university will include a new medical school.[1]


On December 6, 2012, University of Texas regents approved a proposal to abolish UTPA and UTB, and create UTRGV in their place. The new institution was planned to include a medical school.[2]

On December 12, 2013, the UT Board of Regents voted to name the new institution the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

On April 28, 2014 Guy Bailey became the sole finalist for the university president position.[3]



UTRGV will include:[4]

  • College of Medicine
  • College of Health Affairs
  • College of Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • College of Business and Entrepreneurship
  • College of Education and P-16 Integration
  • Honors College
  • Graduate College
  • University College


Mascot controversy[edit]

The choice of a new university mascot was contentious.[5] Many UTPA supporters argued for keeping the UTPA mascot, Bucky the Bronc, while UTB supporters argued strongly for a new mascot. Several local city councils passed resolutions in support of one option or the other. The mascot is expected to be announced in November 2014.[6]


  1. ^ "Board of Regents votes to name new UT in South Texas The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley". The University of Texas System. Published December 12, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
  2. ^ Kreighbaum, Andrew (7 December 2012). "UT regents approve merging RGV universities, will create medical school". The Monitor. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Guy Bailey named sole finalist for president of University of Texas Rio Grande Valley". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. April 28, 2014. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ "UT Regents Approve Academic Structure of UTRGV" (Press release). Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Debate Over What The Mascot For The New UT-RGV Campus Is Getting Heated, Y'all". Texas Monthly. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "And then there were 4". Retrieved 3 October 2014. 

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