TEXAS A&M INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
TEXAS A&M INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY. Texas A&M International University, first known as Texas A&I University at Laredo, was established in 1969 as a branch of Texas A&I University at Kingsville. In 1970, its first year, it had an enrollment of 286. Its name was changed in 1977 to Laredo State University. It was made part of the Texas A&M University System in 1989, and its name was changed to Texas A&M International University in 1993. It was the first exclusively upper-level institute in Texas, accepting only juniors, seniors, and graduate students. In September 1995, however, it was made into a four-year college. From its inception it shared the campus of Laredo Junior College, but in the fall of 1995 construction had begun on a separate campus for Texas A&M International University. In 1993 it enrolled 1,569 students; it was predicted that once construction was completed, enrollment would increase to more than 3,000. In 1993 the university had fifty faculty members, and Dr. Leo Sayavedra was the university president. There was an unsuccessful attempt in 1995 to transfer Texas A&M International University to the University of Texas System. Ray Keck III succeeded J. Charles Jennett as president in 2001. Enrollment in the spring of that year was 2,969, with a faculty of 193. The university's Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, which opened in 1995, held more than 145,000 volumes. The university's academic offerings were divided into four colleges: arts and humanities, business administration, education, and science and technology. TAMIU also operated the Center for the Study of Western Hemsipheric Trade, the Western Hemisphere Trade Information Center, the Texas Center for Border Economic and Enterprise Development, and the Drought Relief Information Center.
Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Donald W. Whisenhunt, The Encyclopedia of Texas Colleges and Universities (Austin: Eakin, 1986).