Morgan said faculty and staff were anxious because of the language of the legislation merging UTB with UT Pan American in Edinburg, which says that "faculty will be retained in terms of what is prudent and practical."
"This has been so important to me, and I feel like I've been a part of the Valley now for over 14 years and I could continue to add value to the board by staying on as an adviser," Cigarroa said. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Railmaster Co-axial
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Cigarroa addresses concerns at UTB
of resources to be able to have parity with our peers," said Heise, the previous Faculty Senate president. "We have never had parity with our peers."
Staff member Bill Harris asked Cigarroa to keep staff in mind while making the tough decisions.
Bricks and mortar do not make the university and the greatest universities are those with great faculty, staff and students, Cigarroa responded.
"It's the staff that is going to help you exceed your goals," said Harris, who has worked at UTB for more than 15 years. His words Omega Seamaster 007 Price
Cigarroa said there would be some streamlining in administrative organizational structure as Omega Speedmaster 57 Wrist Shot the two schools consolidate.
This is the first town hall at UTB since Cigarroa announced he would step down from his post as chancellor after his replacement is found. In a separate interview, Cigarroa said he remains committed to UTRGV and that was why he decided to stay on as a special adviser.
"On the other hand I have never seen on my mind, moving forward with this, the university actually becoming smaller," the chancellor said.
drew resounding applause.
Morgan said she called UT System attorneys and they said faculty tenure at UTB and UTPA does not equal tenure and rank at the new university, the future University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
Heise said she and other faculty were hoping for adjustments.
"Legally, that is a true statement, but the intention here is to grow the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley," Cigarroa responded to Morgan.
"You have taken us into a place we never even dreamed of and that we see will affect generations to come," UTB Faculty Senate President Bobbette Morgan said during the town hall.
Environmental science professor Elizabeth Heise asked Cigarroa whether the new university would help equalize pay for faculty in the Valley, which according to Heise lags behind the rest of the state.
Cigarroa said with more programs and more students, it is likely that more faculty will needed.
"But right now, the process feels like making sausage," added Morgan, a professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Innovation.
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