Messages & Speeches

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Preparing for a Safe Holiday Season

As we near the end of the fall semester, I wanted to update you on the impact of COVID-19 on the Forty Acres and our plans and recommendations for staying safe through the holiday season.

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Announcing UT’s First VP, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

It is my pleasure to let you know that Emily Reagan has accepted my offer to serve as the university’s first Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer. She will start in this new role on November 9...

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Changing the World for Those Who Stutter

Today, I’m very proud to announce the establishment of the Arthur M. Blank Center for Stuttering Education and Research, which will be an overarching center to expand the vision and work of Dr. Courtney Byrd, who founded and directs the Michael and Tami Lang Stuttering Institute, the Dr. Jennifer and Emanuel Bodner Developmental Stuttering Laboratory and the Dealey Family Foundation Stuttering Clinic in the Moody College of Communication here at The University of Texas at Austin. 

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Free Speech Week at UT

In a few days, individuals and organizations across the nation will come together to celebrate Free Speech Week. At UT, I have asked colleges, schools, departments and centers across the Forty Acres to get involved and host events, panels, discussions and activities to recognize the underlying significance of our First Amendment rights in enabling the profound teaching, research and public service that define our university. 

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Sad News Regarding the Loss of a Staff Member to COVID-19

Today, I received the very sad and painful news that one of our staff members passed away after a short battle with COVID-19.

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Meaningful Conversations and Actions

...during the coming months, I plan to engage our campus in discussions about our culture as a university and the shared values that define how we interact with one another. And I will work collectively with you to establish a vision for UT to continue changing the world for generations to come.  

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