Guy Bailey, sole finalist for the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley president and former University of Alabama president, is expected to visit the Valley in the next three weeks.
“Dr. (Pedro) Reyes, executive vice chancellor of the UT System, advises me that the finalist will visit the Rio Grande Valley, including visits to UT Brownsville, UT-Pan American and the Regional Academic Health Center campuses, which are in Edinburg, Harlingen and Brownsville, as soon as the visit can be coordinated to the Rio Grande Valley,” Paul Foster, chairman of the UT System Board of Regents, said in the Monday meeting in which the regents announced the finalist.
Jenny LaCoste-Caputo, executive director of public affairs for the UT System, said the dates still need to be set to accommodate Bailey’s schedule.
“It should be within the next three weeks,” LaCoste-Caputo said.
There will be “town hall” meetings at the locations when he is expected to visit, LaCoste-Caputo said.
Juliet V. Garcia, president of the University of Texas at Brownsville, expressed support for Bailey’s appointment:
“My compliments to the UT Board of Regents for their inclusive selection process, which surfaced excellent candidates for the inaugural presidency of UTRGV,” Garcia said in a statement. “I am confident that Guy Bailey’s wide-ranging experience will serve the students of the Rio Grande Valley well. This announcement should be one of great celebration for the entire region because it ushers in the next phase of designing and planning for the opening of the new UT Rio Grande Valley.”
Garcia, who has served as UTB president since its January 1992 inception, announced in March that she would not seek the UTRGV presidency.
Bailey was selected from a group of four candidates who had applied for the position, including UTPA President Robert Nelson. A fifth candidate withdrew his name.
“I view this role as the single-most exciting educational opportunity in America today,” Bailey said in a UT System news release. “I look forward to working with everyone as we launch the nation’s first major public university of the 21st century. I am truly honored to be the sole finalist.”