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University of Houston - Victoria timeline of expansion

Aug. 31, 2010 at 3:31 a.m.


The University of Houston - Victoria opened Sept. 4, 1973 with 350 students and 24 faculty.

A History of Expansion

2004 - New UHV president Tim Hudson starts research on the possibility of UHV becoming a four-year university. UHV is one of the a few remaining upper-division universities in the country.

Sept. 6, 2006 - Wells Fargo Bank and the Victoria Economic Development Corp. collaborate with UHV to commission a report about the university's economic impact on greater Victoria. Barton Smith of the University of Houston's Institute for Regional Forecasting presents "The Prepared Mind" at a Victoria conference indicating that the university annually brings $150 million in total economic benefits to the local economy. Smith suggests that a destination university in Victoria could help overcome the region's low educational attainment profile.

March 31, 2008 - Victoria County officials and private land owners commit up to 250 acres of land near the Victoria Regional Airport property for a possible new UHV campus.

August 2008 - The chairmen of the University of Houston System Board of Regents and The Victoria College Board of Trustees put together the Commission on Expanding Access to Higher Education. The commission, formed to study the future of higher education in Victoria, is made up of representatives from UHS, UHV, VC, and local community and education leaders.

Sept. 30, 2008 - The 17-member commission, made of community and business leaders, votes unanimously to recommend that UHV expand to a four-year university. The commission is co-chaired by UHS Board of Regents Chairman Welcome Wilson and VC Board President Ron Walker.

March 2009 - Texas Rep. Geanie Morrison introduces House Bill 1056, and state Sen. Glenn Hegar introduces Senate Bill 567. If passed, the identical bills will allow UHV to add freshmen and sophomores.

April 22, 2009 - The Texas House of Representatives passes HB 1056 after the Senate previously passes a similar bill, SB 567.

May 26, 2009 - The Texas Senate passes HB 1056 because the same bill must pass both the House and the Senate. The bill is sent to Gov. Rick Perry for his signature.

June 19, 2009 - Gov. Rick Perry signs HB 1056, allowing UHV to add 190 underclassmen in the fall semester of 2010.

Nov. 17, 2009 - - UHV begins accepting applications and receives its first application.

May 2010 - Construction begins on the $9.5 million Jaguar Hall, the school's first dormitory.

August 2010 - UHV president Tim Hudson resigns to accept a position with the University of Houston System as an assistant to the chancellor for international programs and initiatives. Don Smith, a retired UHV provost, accepts the job as interim president.

September 2010 - UHV prepares for more than 200 students.

Source: University of Houston- Victoria.

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