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University of Central Texas
Main Campus Building at Tarleton State University-Central Texas (2008). Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.
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Texas A&M University-Central Texas Seal. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL TEXAS. The University of Central Texas is a four-year private college in Killeen. It was established in 1973 as the American Technological University (ATU) with a first year enrollment of 260 students. The university offered both undergraduate and graduate degrees that focused on technology and career education. It was established to educate military personnel at Fort Hood on the latest technologies and has also provided programs for business and education agencies. The name was changed to University of Central Texas (UCT) in 1989. In 1990–91 it had an enrollment of 539 and thirty-nine faculty members. L. Harlan Ford was president. In 1995 Governor George W. Bush encouraged the Central Texas University Task Force to review higher education in Killeen. As a result, UCT dissolved and turned assets over to the State.  In 1999 Tarleton State University-Central Texas opened.  On May 27, 2009, Governor Rick Perry signed a bill establishing Texas A&M University-Central Texas. Alumni from the American Technological University and University of Central Texas are recognized as "LEGACY ALUMNI" and considered members of the A&M University-Central Texas family.


Donald W. Whisenhunt, The Encyclopedia of Texas Colleges and Universities (Austin: Eakin, 1986).

Erika Murr

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