(AUSTIN) – The Texas Senate today adopted House Concurrent Resolution 100, which commemorates the centennial of the Texas State University System. The resolution, authored by House Higher Education Committee Chairman Dan Branch (Dallas) and sponsored by Senate Higher Education Committee Chairwoman Judith Zaffirini (Laredo), marks the 100th anniversary of the System’s founding in 1911.
“The Texas State University System is unique in that it is Texas’ only horizontal state university system. Each campus is a distinct and valued component, and there is no flagship,” said Sen. Zaffirini. “Like Texas, the system has grown and changed significantly over the last 100 years. It has, however, remained true to its core mission: To provide a high quality education that is affordable and accessible to enrich the lives of all potential students and enable them to become productive and contributing members of society.”
The Texas Legislature established the Texas State University System as a group of state teacher colleges or “normal schools.” Over time, the System has evolved into a dynamic network of institutions serving more than 75,000 students on 12 campuses from the Big Bend region to the Texas-Louisiana border. Today, TSUS institutions offer a wide range of academic and career training opportunities, ranging from doctoral degrees to vocational nursing programs.
TSUS Board of Regents Chairman Charlie Amato, Vice Chairwoman Donna N. Williams, Regent Jamie R. Garza, Regent Rossanna Salazar and Chancellor Brian McCall were welcomed on the Senate floor during the presentation and adoption of the resolution.
The Texas State University System is Texas’ oldest and third-largest university system.