Stephen F. Austin State University

Josh Edwards/The Daily Sentinel

The reality is beginning to set in following Tuesday’s announcement that Stephen F. Austin State University plans to affiliate with the University of Texas System.

The economic reality of a multi-million dollar financial incentive is beginning to set in after Stephen F. Austin State University regents voted this week to seek affiliation with the University of Texas System.

The system’s investment of $124 million over the next four years will increase salaries, expand scholarship assistance to students and provide opportunities and access to resources across the academic spectrum. The economic boon will spread beyond campus, said A.C. “Buddy” Himes, the retired dean of the university’s college of fine arts.

Valerie Reddell’s email is valerie.reddell@dailysentinel.com.

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