Last week, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A., and other university representatives joined El Paso community leaders in Austin for El Paso Days at the State Capitol.
Organized by the El Paso Chamber, the February 18-20 event brought together city, county and business leaders and state legislators. The officials shared with lawmakers updates on current projects in El Paso and discussed the community’s priorities, including the Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine.
Approval processes for the dental school’s accreditation and degree program are underway, and it is expected to open its doors to the first class of 40 students in 2021.
About 125 members of the El Paso business community attended El Paso Days in Austin, said David Jerome, President and CEO of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce.
“That group goes to Austin in an effort to make sure our legislative agenda is clear to them and they understand what is important. This year, particularly, we wanted to make sure they understood that the dental school is one of our top priorities,” Jerome said.
While the Austin event often highlights the city’s immediate and short-term goals, Jerome said it’s also important to focus on longer-term projects, such as the dental school.
“Having a dental school here, and having people graduate from it and start having jobs, would bring other business here, such as conferences being held here ,” Jerome said. “These are all things that are often not considered, but I think are even more important in the long run. In terms of large projects that could affect big, important economic developmental changes in El Paso, the dental school is at the top of the list.”
Check out a photo gallery from the event on TTUHSC El Paso’s Facebook page: