On behalf of the board and staff of Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation,I just want to say we are excited and honored to announce this historic gift.

I believe it is historic for both of us but I will let Dr. Bailey explain some of the historic reasons for UTRGV.

But it is historic for our organization because it is the largest gift given to date. It is $38 million.

We have only been giving money for five years, we are relatively new. But UTRGV is the largest recipient of our grant funds to date. This check will bring our total grants to UTRGV to just shy of $62 million.

To illustrate just how well aligned this grant is with what we believe to be our mission, I just want to read a statement: The Legacy Foundation invests in and serves as a catalyst for ideas, partnerships, medical education, research, and programs that improve the health and quality of life of the Rio Grande Valley.

The foundation defines health as a state of complete physical, spiritual, social, and mental well-being. So, every grant we have given UTRGV ticks all of these boxes. And we are so proud of that.

This grant is like the others we have previously given in that it provides new programs which not only grow our workforce but do also provide health benefits to our community today.

UTRGV is uniquely positioned as a regional health education leader and we believe that this university can excel, not only in expanding health research but in delivering clinical care while also growing our local workforce for years to come.

So I think that one quote holds true for both of us and that is, to whom much is given, much is expected. And we can’t wait to see how this investment pays off for the community for the long run.

Editor’s Note: The above commentary is based upon the remarks made by Judy Quisenberry at a news conference held to announce a $38 million grant made to UT-Rio Grande Valley by Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation.

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above guest column shows Judy Quisenberry, executive director of Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation.

Editor’s Note: The above commentary is the first in a two-part series about Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation’s latest investment in UT-Rio Grande Valley. Part Two will feature the views of Dr. John Krouse, dean of the UT-Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine.