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UT Tyler begins expansion of Longview University Center – The Gilmer Mirror

Groundbreaking ceremony for LUC: (From left) City of Longview Mayor Kristen Ishihara, UT System Board of Regents Chair Kevin Eltife, UT Tyler President Julie V. Philley, MD, Gregg County Judge Bill K. Stoudt and UT Tyler LUC Director Dr. Rodney Ellis.

TYLER, Texas (July 10, 2024) – The University of Texas at Tyler has begun construction on the UT Tyler Longview University Center.

The 10,000-square-foot addition will add a 65-person classroom, multipurpose labs, nursing skills and health assessment labs, and central learning spaces. The new facility will allow for the expansion of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Longview and Gregg County.

“This expansion will allow us to introduce new nursing and science programs and increase our presence in Longview, helping us meet educational needs and provide greater support to health services throughout the region,” said UT Tyler President Julie V. Philley, MD.

The new building will particularly contribute to the continued growth and expansion of the nursing program, which is expected to see an increase in enrollment of at least 20 percent over the next two years, according to Dr. Rodney Ellis, director of the UT Tyler LUC.

“We are excited about this new facility that will support our collective impact and planned growth across the nearly 50 acres of campus,” Ellis said. “We look forward to being an anchor for growth in northeast Longview as more public and private investments are made here, spurring further economic development in the region.”

The LUC expansion will also create shared classroom space for the general education programs of the LUC-Kilgore College partnership as well as for dual enrollment classes on the UT Tyler University Academy campus in Longview.

The project is scheduled for completion in fall 2025. The first phase of road work has already been completed, Ellis added.

The Longview University Center offers students in Longview and Gregg County affordable amenities, more flexibility in scheduling their courses, and reduced travel costs while earning a degree from UT Tyler. LUC currently offers courses toward the nursing and industrial technology degree, as well as courses in education and business administration.

For more information, contact Ellis at [email protected]or visit uttyler.edu/academics/colleges schools/longview/index.php.

With a mission to improve education and healthcare in East Texas and beyond, UT Tyler offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to nearly 10,000 students. Through collaboration with the UT Tyler Health Science Center and UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler

united these institutions to provide Texas with high-quality education, cutting-edge research and outstanding patient care. Ranked as a doctoral research institution by Carnegie and a national university by U.S. News & World Report, UT Tyler has campuses in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.