From the Office of State Senator Glenn Hegar, District 18

For Immediate Release
May 26, 2009
Contact: Lisa Craven
(512) 463-0118

Senator Hegar Announces Passage of Legislation Granting Four-Year University Status for University of Houston at Victoria

(AUSTIN, TEXAS) -- Senator Glenn Hegar is pleased to announce that legislation to grant the University of Houston at Victoria (UHV) four-year university status has passed the Texas Senate and will soon be headed to the Governor for his approval and signature. "Today marks a significant step forward in turning a vision, that so many have worked towards over the past several years, into a reality by making UHV a four-year university," said Senator Hegar. "It has been a pleasure to work with my dear friend and colleague, Representative Geanie Morrison, who has been a strong champion of higher education for both the State of Texas and her home county of Victoria."

UHV is one of only four upper division universities remaining in the country. Upper division universities are restricted by law to serve only third and fourth year university students, a limitation that impedes their growth. House Bill 1056 (HB 1056) would lift that limitation by giving UHV the authority to offer freshman and sophomore course instruction.

By expanding UHV to a four-year university, it will provide greater access and choice in higher education for residents of the Coastal Bend and South Texas regions. Moreover, the expansion of UHV will provide an economic boost to the City of Victoria and the surrounding communities by attracting students, professionals, and corporations to the area.

All principal stakeholder groups, including the University of Houston System Board of Regents, The Victoria College Board of Directors, the Victoria Economic Development Corporation, the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, the Victoria County Commissioners, as well as the UHV Faculty Senate, Student Government Association and Staff Council, supported lifting the restrictions that prohibit the admission of freshman and sophomore students to allow UHV to transition to a four-year university.

"As our state's population grows, expanding educational opportunities for our students is critical. The Victoria community deserves to have a growing and flourishing four-year university and I was pleased to showcase both UHV's proven track record of student success and the tremendous community support for this downward expansion to my fellow legislators this session. I am truly humbled and very proud to be a part of making this dream a reality for the Victoria community, which is perfectly situated for a four-year university," concluded Senator Hegar.

Senator Hegar served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives and now represents Senate District 18 in the Texas Senate. Senator Hegar is a sixth generation Texan, and earns a living farming rice and corn on land that has been in his family since the mid 1800's. He currently resides in Katy, Texas with his wife Dara, and their three children, Claire, Julia, and Jonah.

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