September 10, 2009
Written by: Jessica Behnham
At a meet-and-greet event Tuesday in Lubbock, Texas gubernatorial candidate Hank Gilbert unveiled a plan that he said would create seven new tier-one universities in Texas. Gilbert's University Excellence Fund would replace the Texas Research Incentive Program established by House Bill 51. The program allows for state matching funds from private donors of up to $50 million during the next two years for universities competing for national research university status."Our plan is going to expand the number of tier-one universities from currently two in the state to as many as nine over the next 10 years," Gilbert said. "In my opinion, Texas Tech has earned that status and should be considered the first in line to receive this tier-one status."