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Date Posted: Fri, February 11 2005, 12:49:30
Author: gbm
Subject: UTA making a push for the Bush Presidential library

very cool ... the UT system is making a collective push to have the library on one of its campusus .....


UT System plans bid for Bush library

By Patrick Mcgee

Star-Telegram Staff Writer

AUSTIN - The University of Texas System plans an aggressive bid to acquire the home of George W. Bush's presidential library.

"We are going to use all our resources to win this competition," UT System regents Chairman James Huffines said Thursday.

He appointed an ad hoc committee to coordinate proposals from the 15-campus system, and he noted that the UT System has campuses in all the places Bush has lived and worked: UT-Permian Basin is near Midland, where Bush was an oilman; UT-Austin is based in the state capital, where Bush served as governor; and UT-Arlington is just a few miles from the ballpark Bush helped build.

Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck has sent several letters to President Bush during the past year asking to bring the library to Arlington.

He said he and UT-Arlington officials are working together.

"The city was the driving force on the effort, and UTA wanted to help us," he said.

UT-Austin President Larry Faulkner said he has written to Bush offering two sites near his flagship campus.

Southern Methodist University in Dallas, First lady Laura Bush's alma mater, is also studying a serious bid for the library.

SMU officials made their intentions known four years ago to have the library built on or near the campus.

A committee of faculty, supporters and alumni have drafted a proposal that will be unveiled once requested by the White House.

"We've had no communication with the White House other than our interests in having the library," said Brad Cheves, SMU's vice president of development and external affairs. "We're prepared to make a proposal if given the chance, but at this point, we are assuming they know our interest."

Texas has two presidential libraries -- the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, affiliated with UT-Austin, and the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, affiliated with Texas A&M University in College Station.

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