As UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves enters his fifth year in office in fall 2019, he is convening a faculty-led advisory council to develop bold ideas to shape the university for the next decade and beyond. The council’s purpose is to think deeply about the future across a wide range of fields and disciplines; identify key areas where UT can have the most impact; and foster a forward-looking conversation to identify opportunities for UT as it prepares for its 150th anniversary in 2033.
The goal of the council is summed up in its name: How can our institution have the greatest positive impact on the rapidly changing state that created it and on the world?
The council will research, reflect and then recommend priorities for the next decade. Composed of more than 20 faculty members nominated by deans and vice presidents and appointed by President Fenves, it also includes three students and two university staff members. Bobby Chesney, professor of law, and Lauren Meyers, professor of integrative biology, are co-chairing this group.
The council wants to elicit the boldest ideas from the entire community that will propel UT toward leadership in an era of rapid economic, social and global change. It will ask these questions:
What is the future of knowledge and discovery? In what areas of research, scholarship and innovation is UT is poised to have the greatest impact?
What is the future for our students as the nature of work and career evolves? What landscape will the leaders and changemakers of tomorrow face? How can UT prepare students for it?
What does the future offer for translating our discoveries, scholarship and creativity to a create a more vibrant Texas and world?
To begin answering these questions, the council will solicit ideas through a wide series of engagements throughout this academic year, including university-wide and college-specific forums and work with deans, university leaders and alumni. The council will present its conclusions to President Fenves and the campus community in fall 2020.