The University Of Texas System Board Of Regents on Tuesday formally named Guy Bailey the first president of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Regents named Bailey, the former president of Texas Tech University, the sole finalist on April 28 but under state law had to wait 21 days before making the appointment. His first day on the job will be June 15. Bailey said he views the post “as the single most exciting educational opportunity in America today… I look forward to working with everyone as we launch the nation’s first major public university of the 21st century.”
UT Rio Grande Valley, which welcomes the inaugural class of students in fall 2015, is being created by combining the talent, assets and resources of UT Brownsville, UT Pan American and the Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC). A medical school will open 2016.
Bailey visited both UT Brownsville and UT Pan American last week so that students, faculty, staff and community leaders could ask questions and learn more about the potential president in series of open forums.