May 1, 2013
The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents today approved the naming of University Village on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville to the Eduardo and Josefa Lucio Hall in recognition of the family’s long history of service.
“Mr. and Mrs. Lucio have produced a fine family of public servants and I am proud the students at A&M-Kingsville have chosen the Lucio’s to honor and to represent the families of A&M-Kingsville,” said John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M System.
The Lucio family patriarch, Eduardo Lucio, left behind a legacy of civic service that his family continues to exemplify today. His son, Eddie Lucio, Jr., celebrated 25 years as a Texas legislator in 2012, and his grandson, Eddie Lucio III, is also a state representative.
Forced to drop out of high school due to the Great Depression and World War II, Lucio returned to graduate from Brownsville High School in May 1949. Two years later, Lucio obtained his Associate’s Degree in Business from Texas Southmost College. Shortly after, Lucio enrolled in the College of Arts and Industries in Kingsville, but withdrew from classes to provide for his growing family. He passed his desire to learn to his ten children, nine who received bachelor’s degrees and three who received master’s degrees; four are A&M-Kingsville alumni.
“He instilled in his children a deep respect for education and a strong desire to serve the community,” said Steven Tallant, president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. “This is exactly what we are working to achieve at A&M-Kingsville.”
The newly named university village is a 210,000 square foot co-ed residence hall, housing 600 beds in two and four bedroom suites. It is one of the most-requested halls on campus and has been so since it opened in August 2009.
About the A&M System
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.3 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, nine state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 120,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $780 million and help drive the state’s economy.
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