Chamber moves luncheon from UHV to church
April 6, 2011 at 6:01 p.m.
Updated April 5, 2011 at 11:06 p.m.
The Victoria Chamber of Commerce's April 13 luncheon is moved from the University of Houston-Victoria to a church.
The luncheon, which begins at noon, will now be at St. Mary's Activity Center, 401 S. Liberty St.
House Bill 2556, legislation that could move UHV into the Texas A&M University System, is the focus of the luncheon.
"We wish in no way to place UHV in an uncomfortable position," said Randy Vivian, the chamber president. "With this is mind, we have decided to change venues."
Last week, UHV's interim president, Don Smith, asked the chamber and the Victoria Economic Development Corp. to temporarily suspend the university's membership to both - until the legislation passes or fails.
The chamber and economic development corporation support the legislation, and Smith said that creates an ethical dilemma for the university.
State agencies such as universities are forbidden from advocating for or against legislation.