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Texas Woman's marks first year as university system

The Texas Woman’s University System marks its first anniversary on Thursday, May 26. On that day in 2021, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law Senate Bill 1126, which established the three campuses of Texas Woman’s University as the state’s seventh university system and the first in the nation with a woman-focused mission.

Chancellor Carine Feyten shared the news with the TWU Community in a message declaring “We are the Texas Woman’s University System.”

State Sen. Drew Springer (SD-30) and State Rep. Lynn Stucky (HD-64) filed Senate Bill 1126 and House Bill 2705 in March 2021. At that time, Feyten said making Texas Woman’s a system was a logical step in the university’s evolution.

“This endeavor will expand our role of providing quality education to Texans and enhance our identity as the only university system in the nation that is woman focused,” she said. “I am grateful for the leadership of Dr. Stucky and Senator Springer on this issue and their willingness to represent TWU in this endeavor.”

Feyten, joined by members of the TWU Board of Regents, testified before House and Senate panels on March 31 and April 1. The companion bills would put in place the structure Texas Woman’s needs to continue to grow and thrive, the chancellor said in her testimony.

After the bill was signed into law, Texas Woman’s celebrated its new system status with events on the Houston, Dallas, and Denton campuses. The celebrations ended with the chancellor leading attendees in a toast to the future of the university system.