Governor joins celebrations for opening of A-State Mexico campus

Dr. Charles L. Welch, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Gov. Francisco Dominguez and Ricardo González and the first student body of Arkansas State University Campus Queretaro give "Wolves Up." (Photo courtesy: Arkansas State University)

Arkansas State University's Mexico campus has opened its doors to welcome students.

On Thursday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Queretaro Gov. Francisco Dominguez joined more than 850 dignitaries, guests and students on Thursday to celebrate the historic grand opening of the Queretaro campus.

“We remember 1909 for our opening and 1967 for gaining university status,” ASU System President Chuck Welch said. “Now we add 2017 to that list. Fifty years from now, we will be talking about this historic day and the difference it made for Arkansas State University.”

More than 200 students are attending classes on the campus.

Its the first American-style university campus in Mexico, which employs 70, including 16 faculty — half of whom are from the United States.

Arkansas State University CQ, A.C., a private foundation, invested more than $100 million to build 800,000 square feet of academic and residential buildings and recreational facilities for the campus.

The university says state funds are not being used to build or operate the Mexico campus, and all of A-State’s startup costs are reimbursed with funds from private gifts.

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