Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, delivered his master plan for the future of the campus on Wednesday.
The Island University president spoke to a lunchtime crowd at the Ortiz Center, crediting recent successes with the college's nursing and engineering programs for a sharp increase in enrollment this year, as well as rosy projections for the future of the campus.
Kiii News Reporter Brian Burns went Live from TAMUCC with details of the University expansion.
Killebrew outlined more than a dozen new research facilities for the campus during the luncheon, which raised money for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce College Scholarship program. Hundreds were on hand as he delivered the good news of this year's student enrollment at close to 11,000, and much more to come.
"We plan to keep growing," Killebrew said. "Our master planners predict that, by the fall of 2020, which is only seven years away, we will have more than 18,000 students enrolled; and by the fall of 2025, they predict an enrollment of 22,000."
Killebrew presented accomplishments of the University as he showed pictures of what the campus may look like in the next two decades. A host of local officials were on hand to praise the University for helping to keep local students at home after graduation.
"The City and the EDC are recruiting businesses," City Councilman David Loeb said. "If they have a degree program that produces graduates for that type of business, that is incredibly important and helpful in luring new businesses to our community."
Construction and fewer parking spaces in the center of the TAMUCC campus will be the biggest challenge for returning students and campus visitors for the rest of this new school year. Groundbreaking ceremonies are planned for Friday as the school prepares to expand the campus dining hall.
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