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“UT students, faculty and staff bring passion, imagination and brilliance to every challenge. There is no limit to what they can accomplish.”

State of the University Address

Greetings, Longhorn Nation! Since last September, I’ve had the incredible honor of serving as the 30th president of The University of Texas at Austin. Each year, the president reports to the faculty on the state of the university. For me, in my first year in the role, it’s a chance to talk about my vision

for UT and what it means to be a Longhorn. In a normal year, I would give this message in person. But as you know, this past year has been anything but normal. So, we’re doing this a different way — just as we’ve been adapting and adjusting for several months now.

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First Day of Class, Welcome Back

Welcome back! I trust you had a relaxing and meaningful Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. That weekend is the typical kickoff for our spring semester, and as we’ve communicated, for the time being, the spring will look much like the fall.

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Preparing for the Future, Grateful for Our Campus Community

This week, as UT administers the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Austin to front-line health care workers, we know that we feel a new sense of optimism even while a “return to normal” seems far off.

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Changes to University Leadership Team

Today, I wanted to share with you four leadership changes and a new initiative that are designed to help us achieve our shared goals.

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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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