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UHV timeline paints background for Tuesday's filing

By Victoria Advocate
March 8, 2011 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated March 7, 2011 at 9:08 p.m.


TIMELINE 1973: The University of Houston Victoria Center is founded as an upper-level institution.

1976: Without notice, the University of Houston System withdraws the Colleges of Engineering and Fine Arts, according to Joe Wyatt, a former state representative.

1983: The school becomes a free-standing institution in the University of Houston System.

2004: Tim Hudson becomes UHV president.

2006: Hudson announces new athletics - eventually softball, baseball, soccer and golf - after an almost 50-year absence of college sports in the city. The addition occurs despite obstacles presented by the system, Hudson has said.

May 2009: The Texas Senate approves House Bill 1056, which made UHV a four-year university.

December 2009: The system turns down 100 acres of donated land where a bigger campus could one day be built.

February 2010: Hudson receives an e-mail from Dennis Golden, a former UH System regent. "The UH System will never do much for UHV," Golden wrote. The system makes it known it focuses on making UH a Tier One school.

July 2010: Victoria Mayor Will Armstrong warns the system that if it does not share goals for a new campus, he wants UHV to join a system that will.

August 2010: Just before students arrive to commemorate successful downward expansion, the system reappoints Hudson, thus removing the man who many credit as the driving force behind much of the school's advancements. E-mails show the system opposed Hudson's push for growth.

September 2010: UHV welcomes its first class of freshmen and sophomores, despite what supporters of realignment call longstanding opposition from the system,

Tuesday: Rep. Geanie Morrison files a bill to move UHV into the Texas A&M University System.

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