AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - Governor Greg Abbott Wednesday ceremonially signed into law House Bill 826, authored by State Rep. Dr. John Zerwas and sponsored by State Senator Joan Huffman, establishing the College of Medicine at the University of Houston.
The Governor was joined by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Dennis Bonnen, President and Chancellor of the UH System Dr. Renu Khator, and Chairman of the UH System Board of Regents Tillman Fertitta, for the ceremony at the university's flagship campus in Houston.
"Today is a momentous day for the University of Houston as it continues its evolution of excellence," said Governor Abbott. "Throughout the years, the University of Houston has continued to elevate its status as a premier institution of higher education. With the establishment of the College of Medicine, the University of Houston has gone from Cougar High to conquering the next frontier of medical research and health care. I am proud to support the University of Houston's College of Medicine in its efforts to better serve Texans with pressing health care needs and train the next generation of Texas doctors."
The University of Houston’s College of Medicine, which expects its inaugural class next fall, will be the 13th medical school in Texas.