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President's Welcome

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Welcome to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, a bold new institution that holds the promise to forever change the academic and economic landscape of South Texas.

I am profoundly honored to have been chosen as the first president of UT Rio Grande Valley. The incredibly important responsibility of bringing this audacious dream into reality is truly the most fulfilling job I will ever have. Together with the students, faculty and staff of UT Brownsville/Texas Southmost College and UT Pan American, and with insightful guidance from The University of Texas System, we have the opportunity to engage in a rare opportunity to create an unrivaled public university and medical school with global reach and aspirations out of two well-established and respected institutions of higher education.

The citizens of the Rio Grande Valley embody the distinctive characteristics that come from being situated along an international border.  As the first major public university in the United States to be established in the 21st Century, we intend to capitalize on this exceptional geographical and cultural positioning.

Our goal is to be a Gateway to the Americas by creating a university that is bilingual, bicultural and biliterate.

We are privileged to reside in the most dynamic region of Texas, where untapped potential meets true grit and a thirst for knowledge – a perfect setting for a new, vibrant university to serve not only those who call the Rio Grande Valley home, but also those who will seek out UTRGV for the matchless experience and opportunity it will provide.

Join us in this once-in-a-lifetime journey as we build America’s next great public university.
Guy Bailey

About Guy Bailey

Guy Bailey, Ph.D., was named Founding President of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in May of 2014.

Prior to being named President of UTRGV, he served as President of the University of Alabama and of Texas Tech University; Chancellor of the University of Missouri Kansas City; Provost and Executive Vice President at The University of Texas San Antonio; Dean of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada Las Vegas; Chair of the English Department at Oklahoma State University and the University of Memphis; and as a faculty member at Texas A&M and Emory Universities.

During his time at Texas Tech, the university met the criteria established by the Texas State Legislature for participation in the National Research University Fund; enrollment grew by 3,905 students (14%); research expenditures grew by $89.9 million (170%); and graduation rates increase by five percentage points.

During his tenure at UTSA, the university was named an emerging research university by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; 16 new doctoral programs were added; external funding for research more than doubled; enrollment grew by more than 40%; and graduate enrollment grew by almost 50%.

While Bailey was at UMKC, the university completed a $200 million capital campaign and built or gained approval for $175 million in new construction. From 2010 to 2012, Bailey served on the Board of Directors of the NCAA and on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Big XII athletic conference. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of Midwest Research Institute since 2007.

Bailey continues to do research on language change and variation. His research with his late wife, Jan, has been featured in a front-page article in the New York Times, on National Public Radio, on CNN Headline News, on BBC Radio, in Texas Monthly, and in the San Antonio Express News. Since 1984, Bailey has brought in over $1 million in external funding for his research.