President Gregory L. Fenves with students.

“Over the last 10 years, UT has made profound improvements in student success, reflecting the efforts of our entire university community.”

New UT Leadership Start Dates

Earlier this month, Chairman Kevin Eltife of the UT System Board of Regents and Chancellor James B. Milliken announced that Jay Hartzell — Dean of the McCombs School of Business — will serve

as interim President of The University of Texas at Austin. I am writing to let you know that Dean Hartzell will begin in that role on June 1.

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Texas Reopening Order

The Governor’s executive order will help re-launch some parts of our state. For the coming weeks, UT will continue to operate in its current mode. We will maintain online learning and limited on-campus operations for now, as we have since mid-March. Those employees who have been working remotely should continue to do so. In addition, we are assessing how we can reopen more research laboratories and will keep you updated on those decisions.

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Planning for the Fall Semester

We will continue UT’s mission to educate our students during the fall semester and hope to reopen the campus to do so, but we recognize that our nation will still be facing COVID-19 for the foreseeable future. As a result, we need to determine what the risks will be and how we can mitigate those risks by examining the ways we teach students and schedule classes, operate research labs and coordinate housing for students who live on and near the Forty Acres.

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Presidential Transition

Gregory L. Fenves has served as the 29th president of The University of Texas at Austin since 2015. On April 8, University of Texas System Board of Regents Chairman Kevin Eltife announced that the Board and Chancellor James B. Milliken had selected Jay Hartzell, dean of UT’s McCombs School of Business, to become interim president as President Fenves prepares to lead Emory University.

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Presidential Priorities

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Unlocking student potential

The purpose of our university is to provide opportunity for extraordinary students from all backgrounds to discover their talents, gain new knowledge and build a foundation for their lives and careers.

Access to First Class
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Recruiting world-class faculty members

The faculty are at the core of everything we do at The University of Texas at Austin. Their exemplary research, teaching and scholarship inspire our students, serve our state and change the world.

Focused on Impact
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Transforming health and health care

With the Dell Medical School and colleges, schools and departments across campus, UT is reimagining not only medical and health education, but health care itself.

Changing the Game
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Creating a vibrant Texas

The Texas Constitution of 1876 called for the creation of a “university of the first class,” which resulted in the founding of UT. Since our earliest days, it has been UT’s mission to serve Texas by driving economic, scientific and artistic progress for the benefit of society.

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Diversity and Inclusion

All students are better prepared to succeed when they receive the educational benefits of learning on a diverse campus. At UT, our commitment to diversity and inclusion is an essential part of our public mission.

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Academic achievement and discovery are spurred by global collaboration. UT recruits the most outstanding faculty from all over the world and we prepare our students to make contributions on a global scale.

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Honor Texas

The University of Texas at Austin is committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct. Through Honor Texas, we are building understanding and weaving ethics into every aspect of campus life.

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