New university in south Texas awaits governor's signature

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While residents of the Rio Grande Valley know that they are poised to get a new university, there are several details they do not know, like what its mascot or official colors will be. The university president has not been named.

“I’m calling it U.T.-T.B.D. That’s the stage we’re at,” said Robert S. Nelsen, the president of the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, using the abbreviation for “to be determined.”

But the matter is not entirely a mystery. The institution, which will open once its accreditation has been secured, will be a part of the University of Texas System and is expected to start out with 28,000 students, making it among the county’s largest institutions serving primarily Hispanic students. 

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