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May 20, 2008

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler Receives Gift from Community for Palestine Campus

The University of Texas at Tyler has received $319,515 from the Texas Area Fund Foundation toward the construction of a new building at the Palestine Campus, President Rodney H. Mabry announced.
The check, which is the first installment of a committed $1, 987,015, was presented by Palestine business leaders Cad Williams, chair of the Paving the Way Campaign, and David Bernard, chair of the UT Tyler Palestine Development Council.
“As always, we are extremely grateful to the Palestine community for its generous commitment to UT Tyler and higher education. We are proud to be a part of the Palestine community, and it’s a pleasure to work together to continue to bring quality educational opportunities to the deserving students of Anderson County,” Mabry said.

The $9.6 million capital project was initially made possible through a tuition revenue bond of $7 million provided by the Texas Legislature in 2006.
“We also thank Sen. Robert Nichols, Rep. Byron Cook, Rep. Leo Berman, Sen. Kevin Eltife and other local legislators for their support of this endeavor,” Mabry added.
The UT Tyler Palestine Development Council began the Paving the Way Campaign in 2007 to enhance the capital project. The minimum pledge of $1,987,015 includes a gift of 50 acres of land, valued at $765,000, on which the new facility will be constructed.           

“We’ve had tremendous response to the campaign, and we’re nearing our overall goal of $2.6 million. I’m optimistic that we will reach, and perhaps even exceed, that goal later this year. So, additional funds may be committed at that time,” said Barnard.
Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects of Austin has developed the construction plans for the new building, and construction is expected to begin later this year.
For more information on the fundraising campaign, 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 90 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.



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