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UHV Expansion Timeline

2004 – New UHV President Tim Hudson starts research on the possibility of UHV becoming a four-year university. UHV is one of a few remaining upper-division universities in the U.S.

Sept. 6, 2006 – Wells Fargo Bank and the Victoria Economic Development Corp. collaborate with UHV to commission a report about the university’s economic impact on greater Victoria. Barton Smith of the University of Houston’s Institute for Regional Forecasting presents “The Prepared Mind” at a Victoria conference indicating that the university annually brings $150 million in total economic benefits to the local economy. Smith suggests that a destination university in Victoria could help overcome the region’s low educational attainment profile.

September 2006 – UHV Chief of Staff Margaret Rice completes a comprehensive internal report on the pros and cons of UHV expanding.

January 2007 – Expanding to a four-year university emerges as a strategic initiative during the annual UHV President’s Cabinet retreat.

Fall 2007 to Fall 2008 – The Victoria Advocate publishes numerous editorials and letters to the editor in support of UHV’s expansion.  Supporters include UHV faculty, staff and students, former UHS Regent Dorothy Alcorn, Victoria Economic Development Corp. President Dale Fowler, Lodestone Financial Services of Victoria partner Claud Jacobs, Victoria attorney John Griffin, Victoria dentist Buddy Lee and many others.

January 2008 – UHV students launch a Web site to share information, ideas and comments about a UHV expansion.

Winter 2008 – The UHV Faculty Senate, Staff Council and Student Senate survey their respective members and announce their support of the university expanding.

Feb. 1, 2008 – The Victoria Chamber of Commerce releases results from a survey of its members about their thoughts on UHV becoming a four-year university. The results show that 94 percent of those responding favor the expansion.

March 31, 2008 – Victoria County officials and private land owners commit up to 250 acres of land near the Victoria Regional Airport property for a possible new UHV campus.

April 15, 2008 – The UHV Expansion Steering Committee, chaired by Chief of Staff Margaret Rice, presents its report to President Tim Hudson.

Spring 2008 – The Victoria City Council and Victoria County Commissioners Court pass resolutions in support of the expansion. Other stakeholders supporting the expansion come forward and include the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, the Victoria Economic Development Corp., the Commission of the Port of Victoria and the Cuero-Victoria Connection leadership group.

Spring 2008 – Empirical Research Solutions Inc. releases the results of an online survey for UHV to provide insight into the enrollment potential of high school sophomores, juniors and seniors coming from Houston, San Antonio and Austin if UHV becomes a four-year institution.  Of those surveyed, 45 percent say they would seriously or very seriously consider sending their son or daughter to an expanded UHV.

July 2008 – UHV administrators submit a revised version of the UHV Expansion Steering Committee report to Renu Khator,  UHS chancellor and UH president.

August 2008 – The chairmen of the UHS Board of Regents and The Victoria College Board of Trustees put together the Commission on Expanding Access to Higher Education. The commission, formed to study the future of higher education in Victoria, is made up of representatives from UHS, UHV, VC, and local community and education leaders.

Sept. 17, 2008 – About 400 community members attend the Commission’s public forum with the overwhelming majority supporting UHV’s expansion.

Sept. 30, 2008 – The 17-member Commission unanimously votes to recommend that UHV expand to a four-year university. The commission is co-chaired by UHS Board of Regents Chairman Welcome Wilson and VC Board of Trustees President Ron Walker. Other members are Janey Lack, Mary Elizabeth Jimenez, Bland Proctor, Eric Murphy, Dennis Patillo, Jan Jacob, David McLarry, Bob Moore, Bill Blanchard, Michael Hummel, Dan Jaeckle, Jeff Bauknight, Jeff Lyon, Tim Hudson and Thomas Butler.

Oct. 10, 2008 – The UHS Board of Regents adopts a resolution authorizing UHV to seek enabling state legislation to add freshmen and sophomores.

Oct. 16, 2008 – The VC Board of Trustees votes to approve the Commission’s recommendation that UHV seek legislation to become a four-year university.

March 2009 – Texas Rep. Geanie Morrison introduces House Bill 1056, and state Sen. Glenn Hegar introduces Senate Bill 567. If passed, the identical bills will allow UHV to add freshmen and sophomores.

April 1, 2009 – Community leaders from Victoria testify in hearings in front of the Higher Education committees of the Texas Senate and House of Representatives in support of UHV’s expansion. Those who testify include Randy Vivian, president and CEO of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce; Hernan Jaso, UHV President’s Regional Advisory Board chair; Dale Fowler, Victoria Economic Development Corp. president; and Kristen Lindley, UHV Student Senate president.

April 8, 2009 – The Faculty and Student Downward Expansion Committee, chaired by faculty member David Summers from the School of Business Administration, presents its report at a UHV President’s Cabinet meeting. The report places emphasis on making the UHV undergraduate program a “wow” experience and competitive with other institutions.

April 22, 2009 – The Texas House of Representatives passes HB 1056 after the Senate previously passes a similar bill, SB 567.

May 26, 2009 – The Texas Senate passes HB 1056 because the same bill must pass both the House and the Senate. The bill is sent to Gov. Rick Perry for his signature.

June 19, 2009 – Gov. Rick Perry signs HB 1056, allowing UHV to add 190 underclassmen in the fall semester of 2010.

Aug. 6, 2009 – Gov. Rick Perry comes to UHV for a ceremonial signing of HB 1056.

Nov. 17, 2009 – The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredits most universities in Texas, approves UHV to admit underclassmen and offer lower-division courses. UHV also receives its first freshman application.

Dec. 18, 2009 – UHV buys the Inn Place Hotel, 2705 Houston Highway, to renovate it into Jaguar Hall, the university's first residence hall.

March 26, 2010 – The university hosts its first UHV Jaguar Day, an event for prospective freshmen, transfer students and their parents to learn more about UHV.

May 2010 – Construction begins on Jaguar Hall.

June 23, 2010 – UHV hosts its first-ever freshman orientation.

August 2010 – UHV president Tim Hudson resigns to accept a position with the University of Houston System as an assistant to the chancellor for international programs and initiatives. Don Smith, a retired UHV provost, accepts the job as interim president.

Aug. 24, 2010 – UHV's goal of attracting 200 underclassmen to the Victoria campus is shattered when more than 300 register to take classes in the fall.

Sept. 7, 2010 – Freshman and sophomore classes start.

Sept. 18, 2010 – Jaguar Hall opens.