- In 1999, then Texas Tech Chancellor John T. Montford shared his vision of a full fledged four-year medical school in El Paso. The El Paso delegation joined forces to gain legislative support and convince the Texas Medical Association and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board that it was time to change their formal position opposing any new medical schools being built in Texas.
- In 2001, the 77th Texas Legislature gave Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center the green light for the El Paso School of Medicine, the first four-year medical school on our United States border with Mexico. They appropriated $40 million in Tuition Revenue Bonds for the first research facility, Medical Sciences Building I.
- In 2003, the 78th Texas Legislature passed HB 28, Article 10 authorizing Texas Tech to proceed. Governor Rick Perry visited the El Paso campus to commemorate this with a signing ceremony, at which time he announced an additional $2 million for medical school planning activities. Groundbreaking heralded the construction of Medical Sciences Building I.
- In 2005, the 79th Texas Legislature appropriated the funds to service the debt generated by the Tuition Revenue Bonds. Groundbreaking for the Medical Education Building, the second of three buildings on the new campus, was held. Simultaneously, the Infinity Campaign was launched in the El Paso community with a $25 million goal. El Paso has shown that it believes in the medical school by raising approximately $20 million of that goal.
- In 2007, the 80th Texas Legislature can insure that we are able to recruit top tier doctors, researchers, and basic scientists. The buildings will soon be complete. The El Paso Curriculum, a state-of-the-art model for medical schools is being developed. We must train, and retrain, doctors to alleviate the severe physician shortage in our border community.
- In 2009, our goal is to seat the first full four-year class of the El Paso School of Medicine.