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February 19th, 2010
Regents add $79M to building plan

021810housingA graphic rendering of a residence hall planned for the Texas State campus in 2013. Texas State graphic.


Meeting in San Marcos this week, the Texas State University System Regents approved $79 million in facilities for the San Marcos campus.

The most costly is a 612-bed residence hall to be located at the corner of Comanche Street and Sessoms Street. The 189,450-square-foot facility is priced at $50 million.

By placing the residence hall on the system’s capital improvements program, the regents may have paved the way for construction to begin in the fall of 2010. The residence hall is expected to open in 2013.

Other projects added to the capital improvements program include the Academic Services Building North renovation ($985,000), The Department of Housing and Residential Life Office Building ($15.8 million), The Mitte Clean Room renovation ($1.1 million), the Lampasas Hall renovation ($1.7 million), the Multipurpose Educational Facility site and infrastructure improvements project ($2.2 million) and a rescue house and climbing tower for the Advance Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) program ($950,000).

The Texas State University System is the oldest multi-campus system in Texas. Its eight institutions include Texas State, Sam Houston State University, Sul Ross State University, Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State College-Orange and Lamar State College-Port Arthur.

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12 thoughts on “Regents add $79M to building plan

  1. Nice try, but it is erroneous that the Tx State Univ. System is the oldest multi-campus system in Texas. You would think they could do their research better than this.

    The following is from the Handbook of Texas:
    The Constitution of 1876 specified that the legislature, as soon as practicable, was to establish, organize, and provide for the maintenance and support of a “university of the first class” to be located by vote of the people and styled the University of Texas, for promotion of the study of literature and the arts and sciences. An agricultural and mechanical branch was mandated. The same article (7) of the constitution made A&M a branch of the university and ordered the legislature to establish and maintain a college or branch university for instruction of black youth, though no tax was to be levied and no money appropriated out of the general revenue for such a school or for buildings of the University of Texas.

    …in 1950. That same year the university established the office of chancellor to administer the main university and its branches: the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, the Texas Medical Center at Houston, the Southwestern Medical College at Dallas (now a part of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centerqv), and Texas Western College at El Paso (now the University of Texas at El Paso). James P. Hart became the first chancellor.

    A nine-member board of regents governs the UT System. The regents are selected from different parts of the state, appointed by the governor, and confirmed by the senate for six-year terms. Past regents of the University of Texas System have included Frank C. Erwin, Jr.; Joe T. Nelson; Frank N. Ikard; Edward A. Clark; and John Robert Peace.qqv The University of Texas System has used both presidential and chancellorship forms of administration. Past heads of the system have included Logan Wilson and Harry Huntt Ransom.qqv In 2002, Mark G. Yudof was appointed chancellor, the ninth person to hold this position since it was created in 1950.

    On March 6, 1967, the Sixtieth Texas Legislature changed the official name of the main university to University of Texas at Austin. The Austin campus is the largest of fifteen component institutions in the University of Texas System.

    In contrast – the Texas State University System was established in 1975. As you can read above, the UT System was in existence long before this – and with multi-campuses. The doors to the TSU campus opened in 1903. UT opened in 1883.

    Nice try – no cigar.

  2. What’s upsetting is not just people being prickly, but prickly and wrong. As the TSUS website says, it “is the oldest and third largest higher education system in Texas.” The system was established in 1911 as State Normal Schools, not in 1975. Sam Houston State was established by the legislature in 1879, before the University of Texas. In 1899, the legislature created Southwest Texas Normal School, which is Texas State. UT opened a medical branch in Galveston in 1891, which made UT a multi-campus university, which isn’t the same thing as a multi-campus university system. The second university in the UT system, now UT El Paso, didn’t join the UT “system” until 1919. The first poster might be confused because she thinks one university makes up a university “system.” The TSUS system was already in place for eight years, since 1911, with four normal schools at its inception. Nice try, first poster. Next time, do better research.

  3. Guess its all in the eyes of the beholder – and is colored by which University you attended. You can consider me a UT fan.

  4. Lila did you grad from UT? Funny how UT fans have an issue with TXST doing anything that grabs attention. The article did not say anything negative towards UT yet gets negative comments from UT fans. Ease up and wish TXST well instead of arguing facts that you obviously have not researched yourself. Consider me a TXST fan and yes I graduated from there.

  5. Lila, no it is not in the eyes of the beholder. Facts are not colored by which university you attended. You were simply proved wrong by TSUS fan. You can consider me a TXST fan.

  6. Lila,

    No, its not in the eye of the beholder and TSUSfan is right. The Texas State System was created to house multiple normal schools, thus their reasoning for not choosing a flagship. Let’s do our research from both system websites before summarizing the history section of University of Texas System.

  7. I don’t think UT grads begrudge Texas State — on the contrary. As a graduate of both, I applaud Texas State for providing more housing for its students. It should relieve traffic congestion around campus and correspondingly downtown and bring more students to campus thus lightening the demand for apartment construction on the fringes of town. Bravo.

  8. From these posts, it looks like it is the Tx State grads that begrudge UT. I try to avoid superlatives – the oldest, the best, the only one, etc., for obvious reasons so clearly demonstrated here. I think Tx State can be proud of its campus and its accomplishments – without having to add superfluous superlatives.

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