Messages & Speeches

Each year, President Fenves delivers hundreds of speeches focusing on a wide range of topics to audiences throughout Texas and across the world. He also stays connected with the UT community by writing messages that provide a window into life on campus and highlight outstanding achievements.


Interim Provost and VP for Research

I am writing to let you know I have appointed Vice President for Research Dan Jaffe to serve as interim executive vice president and provost, beginning May 18. I want to thank Dr. Jaffe for stepping up to serve in this crucial role for UT, especially as the university is responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Mid-Week Check In

We are now midway through our first week of online learning at UT, and I am grateful for the amazing effort you have put in to make this transition...During the first two days, tens of thousands of students participated in classes, logging a total of more than 13 million minutes online.

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Continuing the Spring Semester Online

On Monday, the spring semester resumes, with all UT courses held online. So much has changed during these past two weeks, yet when it comes to being a student, your goals have not. You came to the Forty Acres to get a UT education, and that’s what our faculty and staff members will continue to provide. We want every student to complete your classes this semester.

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Helping UT Students During the COVID-19 Crisis

The health and safety of our students in this unprecedented crisis is our most important responsibility. Although moving classes online and having students off campus is essential for the public health, it has caused major disruptions in their lives. Many students need emergency support from UT.

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City of Austin “Stay Home – Work Safe” Order

Today, the City of Austin and Travis County announced “Stay Home – Work Safe” orders to help contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community. These orders will have a significant impact on life in our city during the weeks ahead and directly affect the thousands of employees who keep the university moving forward.

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New COVID-19 Cases in UT Community

Earlier today, we learned that two additional members of our UT community have tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus), including the first UT student. Unfortunately, we expect that many more cases will be detected during the coming days and weeks. 

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