The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, celebrates the beginning of construction on its new building on Wednesday, September 15, 2004, at 10 a.m. The celebration will be held at the building site on Texas A&M University’s west campus, at the corner of Adriance Lab Road and University Drive.
Scheduled speakers include The Honorable Fred Brown, state representative; Dr. Benton Cocanougher, the A&M System’s interim chancellor; Dr. Nancy Dickey, president of the A&M Health Science Center and vice chancellor for health affairs for the A&M System; and Dr. Ciro Sumaya, dean of the School of Rural Public Health. Building construction began last month on the three-building, 91,000-square-foot complex that will house the school. Construction is scheduled to be completed by December 2005, and the School expects to move in January 2006.
“We are thrilled to see the rapid progress on this building,” said Sumaya. “The School’s growth over the last five years has been tremendous; we have continuously faced a need for more space. This building should alleviate that need as well as providing space for growth.” The Texas legislature designated PUF tuition-revenue funds for the construction costs.
The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center provides the state with health education, outreach and research. Its five components located in communities throughout Texas are Baylor College of Dentistry, the College of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology and the School of Rural Public Health.

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