Bailey formally named president of new university

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Associated Press

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 20 at 4:33 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' new university on the border formally has a president.

University of Texas System regents gave final approval Tuesday to naming Guy Bailey as president of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Bailey is a former president at the University of Alabama and Texas Tech University.

Bailey was named the sole finalist for the Rio Grande Valley job in April. He will start in June and his salary is being negotiated.

The new university is a merger of Texas-Pan American and University of Texas-Brownsville, and will include a medical school in an area experts say is underserved in health care. The university's first class will start in fall 2015.

Bailey, a sociolinguist, resigned as president at Alabama in 2012 to care for his ailing wife, who died in September.

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