Texas A&M University System Board of Regents approves land gift, leasing plans for Texas A&M Health Science Center Round Rock campus

May 23, 2008

(COLLEGE STATION, TX) Continuing progress in developing its Round Rock campus, the Texas A&M Health Science Center was given approval Friday by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents to accept an additional land gift and execute leasing plans for its first building.

Regents also heard a presentation on the campus’ master plan.

The action on Round Rock follows BOR approval in January of an initial land donation by the Avery family on property located west of FM 1460 and south of County Road 112. The donation included a gift of 15 acres, the purchase of 10 acres, and the option for an additional 25 acres, which the regents accepted today.

The 80th Texas Legislature appropriated $9 million for an HSC Round Rock campus to provide medical education. The HSC-College of Medicine will provide clinical training for third- and fourth-year medical students in Round Rock beginning next month as part of the expansion of the college’s existing campuses in Temple and College Station. The first Round Rock student completed a clinical rotation in psychiatry earlier this month.

The new 130,000-square-foot facility – built by the Avery family and leased to the A&M System – will be used for clinical teaching, simulation laboratories, student life and student service support, and HSC and HSC-College of Medicine administration. The campus will support other HSC offerings through the HSC-School of Rural Public Health, HSC-Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy and others.

Under terms of the agreement, about 30,000 square feet may be used for community health clinics for Williamson County uninsured and underinsured residents.

The A&M System already has leased 5,000 square feet at the Old Town Square office complex in Round Rock for administrative offices and student support. It also has signed affiliation agreements with Scott & White University Medical Center, St. David’s HealthCare, Seton Family of Hospitals and Lone Star Circle of Care.

The Texas A&M Health Science Center provides the state with health education, outreach and research. Its seven colleges located in communities throughout Texas are Baylor College of Dentistry, the College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology, the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy and the School of Rural Public Health.

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