Gov. Perry Signs Historic Legislation Here
Texas Governor Rick Perry brought a remarkable gift to Texas A&M International University this Tuesday, July 11.
Gov. Perry held a ceremonial signing of House Bill 153, which will provide $1.9 billion in Tuition Revenue Bond (TRB) funding to 48 universities and colleges statewide. TAMIU will receive $37.5 million.
Perry lauded the University’s growth and leadership, noting that TAMIU’s enrollment growth last year was five times higher than the State average.
He said the Tuesday signing signaled the largest outlay of tuition revenue bonds in the history of the State.
Accompanying him at the signing were the bill’s author, State Senator Judith Zaffirini , D-Laredo; State Representative Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City and TAMIU president Dr. Ray Keck.
The TAMIU funding will enable the University to build a $25 million Student Success Center, complete a perimeter road and upgrade its air-conditioning systems, ($7.6 million) and complete a theatre in the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts ($4.9 million.)
Since opening its 300-acre campus in northeast Laredo in 1995, TAMIU has received $140.7 million in construction TRBs. The University just celebrated its 35th anniversary.
Gov. Rick Perry signs HB 153 authorizing $1.9 billion in construction projects for Texas higher education as Senator Judith Zaffirini, State Rep. Ryan Guillen and TAMIU president Ray Keck look on.
State Senator Judith Zaffirini holds the pen used to sign the
historic HB 153 at TAMIU Tuesday afternoon as State Rep. Ryan Guillen, TAMIU
president Ray Keck and Governor Rick Perry smile. The University will
receive $37.5 million to include construction of the new Student Success
Center and completion of the theatre in the Center for the Fine and
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