The University of Texas at Tyler Palestine Campus development council launched the public phase of a fundraising campaign to support the campus expansion, David Barnard, development council chair, announced.
The announcement was hosted by the Palestine Economic Development.
Palestine business leader Cad Williams is chairing the campaign which has been running privately since the beginning of the year. Advanced financial commitments have established a strong foundation on which to build the public campaign.
“The response to the local fund drive has been tremendous and everybody will have an opportunity to help,” Williams said.
The development council is working with Texas Area Fund Foundation. Local leaders purchased 50 acres of land south of the current campus on North Loop 256 on which the new building will be constructed.
“Our goal is not only to enhance educational opportunities for the area but also to pave the way for a stronger workforce and economic stability,” Barnard said.
The UT Tyler Palestine Campus was created in 1995 and has seen an 89 percent increase in enrollment since 2000. The campus serves students from eight surrounding counties.
“UT Tyler has a history of outstanding and committed support from the Palestine community, and we are truly grateful. The development council and the great citizens are dedicated to the continued success of UT Tyler in Anderson County,” President Mabry said.
The Texas Legislature authorized $7 million in Tuition Revenue Bond funds for the construction of a new building, which will provide a state-of-the-art facility.
Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects of Austin have begun the preliminary work on the project, which will include a master plan for future expansion.
“The expanded campus will become a landmark for our community making a positive statement about our commitment to education and building for the future,” Barnard added.
For more information, contact Williams, 903.729.6043 or Barnard, 903.723.7291.
One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.