Chancellor Carine M. Feyten was back at the state Capitol on March 31 and April 1 to testify before House and Senate panels about proposed legislation that would make Texas Woman’s University its own public university system.
Feyten was joined by TWU Board Chair Kathleen Wu, past chair Jill Jester, Regent Bob Hyde and student Regent Dawna-Diamond Tyson, with Wu and Tyson also offering testimony about the proposed legislation.
Last month, state Senator Drew Springer (SD-30) and state Representative Lynn Stucky (HD-64) filed Senate Bill 1126 and House Bill 2705, which seek to establish the three campuses of Texas Woman's University as the seventh university system in Texas – the first in the nation with a woman-focused mission.
“Denton, Dallas and Houston are all thriving and growing communities with different identities and needs, and independent leadership is needed to meet the needs of those communities,” Feyten said during her testimony to the House Higher Education Committee on April 1. (Testimony begins around the 26:40 mark.) The testimony echoed remarks she made a day earlier to the Senate Committee on Higher Education. (Testimony starts around the 2:26:47 mark.)
She pointed out that the companion bills in the House and Senate would put in place the structure Texas Woman’s needs to continue to grow and thrive. “It would set the framework for independent leadership in Dallas and Houston while maintaining the identity and mission that has made Texas Woman’s University such a wonderful and unique asset for this great state,” Feyten added.
Feyten previously testified before legislative panels this year on issues related to funding and providing more resources to support at-risk student populations.