UT, Texas Tech Unveil Proposals for Bush Library

9-15-05 - The University of Texas System on Wednesday unveiled a proposal to host President Bush's presidential library and museum in Austin or Dallas. Meanwhile, competing Texas Tech University proposed a library and academic center in Lubbock.

The UT proposal suggests building the complex either in downtown Dallas, in the northern part of that city on UT-Dallas' campus or in west Austin on a tract of land owned by the university.

UT System officials also proposed a secondary site at UT-San Antonio to serve as a high-security conference center for world leaders and scholars, the Austin American-Statesman reported in its Wednesday online edition.

Texas Tech submitted its plan for the George W. Bush Institute for Global Freedom and Democracy.

The institute would be modeled after the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, a think tank housed at Stanford University, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported in its Thursday editions.

Supporters believe Tech's research programs, including studies on bioterrorism and international affairs, make it a natural fit for such an institute.

The proposals are due Thursday. The White House has not said when it may choose a location.

Others in the running for a presidential library include Texas A&M University, Baylor University, Southern Methodist University, Midland College and the University of Dallas.

The UT system already is home to the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Archives.