Senate Higher Education Committee passes SB 120

Senator José Rodríguez issued the following statement on this morning’s unanimous passage of SB 120, which establishes Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso as an independent health sciences university, from the Senate Higher Education Committee to the full Senate.

“As an independent health sciences university, TTUHSC at El Paso would be able to focus its efforts to reduce the shortage of health care professionals in the region, continue its research on diseases that affect Latino and border populations, and provide quality health care in a medically underserved region. 

“This also will help to grow our Medical Center of the Americas, spurring regional economic development that benefits the entire state. Finally, and very importantly, this is an example of cooperation between West Texas communities that benefits everyone involved. El Paso is proud to be a growth partner with Texas Tech.

“I appreciate the support of my colleagues, particularly the Senator from Lubbock and the Texas Tech trustees and administration, and the unity shown by El Paso’s leaders and Legislative delegation, in developing and promoting this vital project.”  

SB 120 was co-authored by Senator Robert Duncan, who represents Lubbock and West Texas.

Last March, the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents voted to initiate the process of establishing a freestanding health sciences university with degree granting authority in El Paso. The new university would be the fourth component of the Texas Tech University System and would join Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Angelo State University.

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