Town and gown arrangement struck

At the compact signing are, seated from left, Schreiner president Charlie McCormick and Kerrville Mayor Bill Blackburn. Standing are, from left, Mark Tuschak, Diana Comuzzie, Travis Frampton, Bill Muse, Kim Clarkson, Judy Eychner, Delayne Sigerman and Gary Cochrane.


The Kerrville City Council met Tuesday at City Hall, where a resolution authorizing Kerrville Mayor Bill Blackburn to enter into a Town-Gown Compact with Schreiner University was signed.

“We signed a compact agreement between the city and Schreiner University,” Blackburn said at the beginning of the council meeting. “We work together in a lot of ways, but this formalizes it, and we hope it increases what we can do for Schreiner, what Schreiner can do for us, and together what we can do for the city.”

The Town-Gown Compact establishes an ongoing relationship between the city and Schreiner University to work together to uphold values of cooperation and civil responsibility. 

“Together, Schreiner University and the city of Kerrville can strengthen the educational, cultural and economic fabric of the community,” a spokesman for Schreiner said in a press releases.

The compact authorizes establishing and maintaining an active Town-Gown Task Force — including members representing the interests of the city and the university collaborating to implement mutually beneficial activities identified by the task force — when approved by governing bodies of the city and university, as well as issuing an annual Town-Gown Task Force Report indicating collaborative activity and progress and hosting at least one joint meeting of city and university leaders per year to discuss common challenges and opportunities.

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