UT Regents Propose Bid for Bush Library

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The University of Texas System is joining the handful of institutions seeking to be the home of President Bush's presidential library.

Regents announced Thursday the creation of a committee to work on a proposal bringing the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum to one of the 15 UT campuses around the state.

"We have the geographic presence in the state as well as the expertise to represent to the people of Texas and to the nation the work, the leadership and the contribution that George W. Bush made to this state, to the nation and to the world," said UT system Board of Regents Chairman James Huffines.

All 15 campuses will contribute ideas for the proposal, Huffines said.

The committee will be co-chaired by former U.S. Rep. Tom Loeffler, who also is a former chairman of the Board of Regents; and Peter Flawn, president emeritus of the University of Texas at Austin and former president of UT-San Antonio.

Other entities that have shown interest in the library are Baylor University, Southern Methodist, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Midland College and the city of Arlington.