TEXAS TECH CHANCELLOR HOSTS STATE, LOCAL OFFICIALS TO TALK ABOUT HIGHER EDUCATION
ISSUES IN SOUTH TEXAS
October 18, 2005
Date: October 18, 2005
CONTACT: Sally Logue Post, firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT: Higher education issue discussions
WHEN: Laredo – 9-10:30 a.m., Wednesday Oct. 19, Rosewood Room, 1415 Country Club Drive
Rio Grande City – 12:30 p.m., Wednesday Oct. 19, La Borde House, 601 E. Main Street
McAllen – 8:30 a.m., Thursday Oct. 20, McAllen Country Club, 615 Wichita Avenue
Brownsville – 11:30 a.m., Thursday Oct. 20, Palm Court Restaurant, 2200 Boca Chica
There will be media availability following each event.
EVENT: Chancellor David R. Smith is visiting four cities to hear the concerns and
ideas of local and state officials about higher education in Texas. St. Sen.Judith
Zaffirini, vice chair of the Senate Finance Committee and member of the Senate Education
Committee, will join Smith in Laredo. St. Rep. Ryan Guillen, member of the House Appropriations
Committee,will join Smith in Rio Grande City. In Brownsville, Paul Cowen, chief of
staff for St. Sen. Eddie Lucio, will join the chancellor.
During the two-day trip, Chancellor Smith will listen to new ideas, enhance existing
partnerships and begin building new bridges to cooperation. He is further encouraging
dialogue on how higher education can better address the needs of communities across
the state of Texas.
“The state’s economic future depends on a workforce that has a college education,”
said Smith. “There is a significant shift in the socio-economic and cultural makeup
of our future labor force. Many of the young men and women who are graduating from
high school come from families who have never had a graduate of a college or university.
In the face of dramatically declining state funding, we must find innovative ways
to ensure that these young people receive undergraduate and graduate degrees.”
CONTACT:Alberto Cardenas, special assistant to the chancellor, Texas Tech University
System, (806) 790-9605.