|Greg Abbott breaks ground on new UT Tyler Medical School
Officials broke ground on the new University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine on Monday. Community members joined officials including Gov. Greg Abbott, other elected officials such as Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler), U.S. Rep. Nathaniel Moran (R-Tyler), Smith County Judge Neal Franklin, county commissioners, Tyler Mayor Don Warren, city councilmembers along with UT system officials such as Chairman Kevin Eltife, UT Chancellor James Milliken, UT Tyler President Kirk Calhoun and more for the special ceremony in Tyler's midtown medical district for a $308 million Medical Education Building , which will house UT Tyler's new School of Medicine. The Medical Education Building, a planned five-story, nearly 248,000-square-foot facility, will be constructed on roughly five acres in the heart of Tyler’s medical district in Midtown. It will support interdisciplinary education for graduate medical students, resident training and nursing as part of a medical education program expansion throughout the UT Health East Texas Health System.