Student body presidents dating back to 1992 have signed a letter supporting Central Health Prop 1 to bring a medical school to UT-Austin.
Every University of Texas Student Government president in the past 20 years has endorsed Prop 1 in a letter released to the Alcalde Tuesday, with the exception of Omar Ochoa, ’05-’06, who is barred from political activities because he serves as a Law Clerk at a U.S. Court of Appeals. The support is overwhelming, showing broad student and alumni engagement with an issue that will directly affect the future success of the University. That support was seen last week, when current student leaders rallied on Gregory Gym plaza to inform their fellow students about the proposition.
“As former UT Student Body Presidents, we care deeply about the future of our alma mater and the greater Austin community,” they wrote. “The state constitution provides that the State of Texas shall ensure that UT-Austin maintain its status as a ‘university of the first class;’ however, UT-Austin is one of the only public institutions of its size in the country without a medical school. The creation of a medical school, working in collaboration with our already-existing undergraduate and graduate research programs, would quickly establish UT-Austin as a world leader in health sciences.”
Read the entire letter, including the list of signatories, below.