Grand Opening Ceremony
May 24, 2010
UT Tyler held the grand opening ceremony for the Palestine Campus May 23.
The ceremony culminated a nearly three-year community fundraising campaign. The UT Tyler Palestine Campus Development Council launched the Paving the Way Campaign to raise funds to supplement the $7 million in Tuition Revenue Bonds authorized by the Texas Legislature to construct a new building.
The campaign raised more than $2.3 million toward the construction of the 17,484-square-foot facility that houses five classrooms, a library, computer lab, offices, student lounge and conference room.
Featured speakers included Todd Staples, Texas Land Commissioner; State Rep. Byron Cook; and Palestine community leaders Dr. Lee Roy Mathis, Cad Williams and David Barnard.