Advocate editorial board opinion: Rep. Branch's leadership on university system transition appreciated

By the Advocate Editorial Board
July 15, 2011 at 2:15 a.m.
Updated July 16, 2011 at 2:16 a.m.

We were pleased with state Rep. Dan Branch's visit to Victoria July 12 and the meeting he called to discuss the idea of the University of Houston-Victoria transitioning to the Texas A&M University System.

Branch, who is chairman of the House Higher Education Committee, had promised to call the meeting when the Legislature was still in session. Our state Rep. Geanie Morrison had filed a bill during the recent Legislature that would have approved the transition.

So we appreciate Branch's fulfilling the promise of calling the meeting here in Victoria. However, those who attended the private meeting did not include the chancellors of both the University of Houston System and the Texas A&M University System, as originally discussed.

We would encourage Branch to continue his much-needed leadership and call the chancellors together for a meeting as soon as possible. Such a meeting, including UHV officials and the two systems, is key to acquiring information that lets us know what each system's vision is for the Victoria campus.

From their visions, we might be able to develop action plans to continue the growth of higher education in Victoria.

We have a four-year university, now, and it is experiencing growing pains. We need a commitment that allows the university here to continue its growth rate. If the campus can grow, our community will see it mature into a full-fledged destination university in the immediate future.

We are looking forward to further leadership from Rep. Branch, who has the ability to push this dialogue and find much needed answers.

We thank Rep. Branch for his leadership and taking time to address this issue that is so important to Victoria, the Crossroads and the state.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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