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AUSTIN — A $2.7 billion state bond package that would have financed expansion projects at more than a half dozen universities in North Texas died on the final day of the legislative session despite frantic last-minute effort to save it.
“We couldn’t rescue it,” said State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, sponsor of the state’s first tuition revenue bond package in seven years. “We tried.”
Zaffirini said she will try to resurrect the proposal in a special session that Gov. Rick Perry called immediately after the 83rd Legislature adjourned its biennial 140-day regular session on Monday.
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Texas House rejects incentive fund for UT Southwestern, other university health institutions
AUSTIN — Dallas Rep. Dan Branch’s bill to create a new incentive fund for university health institutions went down in a close House vote Friday after barely passing the previous night.
Dispute over the merits of the bill centered on regional preferences and university system pressures, with defenders of the A&M, Texas Tech and University of North Texas health institutions contending that the excellence fund would be partial to the research-heavy UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Debate was heated between Branch and a fellow Republican, Rep. Charlie Geren of Fort Worth.
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The board of trustees at the University of North Texas on Friday fired Dr. Scott Ransom as president of the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth and named Michael Williams, DO, MD, as interim president.
Williams, 58, is a Fort Worth native and has been a member of the UNT board of regents for the past 15 months. Ransom had been...
Discussions about whether to put the University of North Texas' main campus in Denton and the school's Fort Worth health science center under the same academic umbrella have been tabled.
Instead, the University of North Texas System has renewed its focus on getting an M.D. program for Fort Worth and top research status for the flagship campus in Denton.
UNT System Chancellor Lee F. Jackson said Wednesday that he decided to table "further discussion of the concept of a merger of our two universities indefinitely so it will not be considered in 2013."
The decision was made at a board of regents meeting...