MCALLEN, Texas – Texas A&M University President M. Katherine Banks has announced Manny Vela as the new chief operating officer of Texas A&M Higher Education Center at McAllen.

Vela will be retiring soon as CEO of Valley Baptist Health System. He will start at A&M in mid-May.

Banks also announced updates about the Texas A&M University Higher Education Center at McAllen at a news conference held at the campus. One update is the building of a new nursing facility at the McAllen campus.

Other speakers included Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp, Texas A&M University System Regent Mike Hernandez, state Sen. Juan Hinojosa of McAllen, and Vela.

Here, below, are video interviews the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service secured with Banks and Sharp at the event.

Texas A&M University President M. Katherine Banks 


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Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp


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Editor’s Note: The above audio story is the second in a six-part series on the Texas A&M Higher Education Center at McAllen. Click here to listen to part one, which features former U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa.


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