2021 Messages & Speeches

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Sharon Wood Appointed Executive Vice President and Provost

It is with great pleasure that I write you to announce that Dean Sharon Wood has agreed to serve as our next Executive Vice President and Provost, effective July 19, 2021.

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Summer Updates on the Forty Acres

I hope your summer is off to a good start. It’s always a special time on campus — when we get to take a breath, gear up for the fall semester, and welcome our incoming students to Longhorn life. Today, I want to update you on a few things that affect us all: this year’s merit pool, a leadership addition, a legislative review, and a note about our strategic planning process.

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Fall Planning Update: Flexible Work Arrangements

First, thank you for helping the university close on another successful semester. I hope you enjoyed some well-earned rest during the Memorial Day weekend! I’m writing to share an update on the fall 2021 semester, specifically in regard to flexible work arrangements (FWA.) 

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Spring Commencement 2021

Congratulations — it’s official … you are graduates of the University of Texas at Austin. Graduates, this is a joyous moment at the end of a tough journey. But also a beginning.

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Updated Campus Masking Guidance | May 19

During the past 14 months, our actions together have helped stem the tide of COVID-19 cases on our campus and in the greater Austin community. 

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Marking the Last Day of Class

You’ve nearly done it! Again! Like last semester and the one before, you’re pushing through and persevering during a(nother) one-of-a-kind academic year. I couldn’t be prouder!

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Fall 2021 Planning Update | April 15

Yesterday, UT Health Austin administered its 100,000th vaccine shotThere are many people to thank as we mark this significant milestone.

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Update on the Provost Search

One of the most critical positions in the university is clearly the Executive Vice President and Provost. We have been very fortunate to have our Vice President for Research, Dan Jaffe, serving as our Interim Provost, but I have heard several questions regarding our search for the person who will fill the position. I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with an update.

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Introducing Chris Beard, Our New Men’s Basketball Head Coach

Since I became president in September, one of my primary goals has been putting together a leadership team that can help our entire campus strive for greater levels of excellence. We want to be the very best in all we do, and our athletics program is no different.

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Standing Against Racism, Sexism and Violence

Anti-Asian violence is distressing and unacceptable. Here at UT, we believe that no one should live in fear of racial violence, and we have no tolerance for bigotry, intimidation or bias. 

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Planning for a Near Normal Fall

It was exactly one year ago this week that COVID-19 forced The University of Texas to pivot into new teaching and research modalities. Obviously, we’re not through with the pandemic yet. Nevertheless, it’s time for us to begin planning our transition to what we hope will be a near normal fall.

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Reflections on the Eyes of Texas History Committee's Report

Everything we do at UT Austin comes back to three things: research, teaching and changing the world. Our work around “The Eyes of Texas” is no different. In particular, the work of the history committee focused on research. Next, we will focus on teaching and changing the world. In part, that means fostering an inclusive campus where all Longhorns belong and are welcome.

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My Perspective on a Difficult Week

I understand that for many of us this has been an upsetting week. In the run up to the Eyes of Texas History Committee’s report (to be released Tuesday), articles in the media have pushed a narrative that university donors are dismissive of our students’ concerns and have exerted undue influence over campus decision making. 

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Staying the Course with COVID-19 Protocols

We have been safely delivering on our teaching and research missions so far this year, and our protocols have been working. As a result, those policies — including requiring masks in our buildings, classrooms and labs — will remain in place. 

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Lighting the Tower Orange in Honor of Our Incredible Community

Tonight...We light the Tower orange to signify our ability to persevere, return to creating and disseminating knowledge, and to say thank you to our tremendous Longhorn community — students, staff, faculty, parents and alumni — for their tireless efforts to help one another during the crisis and to restore our university to the pursuit of its core missions. 

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Campus to Reopen on Wednesday, Feb 24

We will resume classes tomorrow at 8 a.m., whether online, hybrid or in person...Please know that the university’s leadership is actively working with faculty members to restructure the rest of the semester so we can catch up on lost time, while also keeping spring break and not extending the semester. 

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Update: Campus closed through Wednesday Morning (2/24)

The campus will remain closed through at least Wednesday, February 24, at 8 a.m. We will monitor the situation and announce a reopening when conditions are determined to be safe.

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Update: Campus closed through Monday Morning

The campus will remain closed through at least Monday, February 22, at 8 a.m. We will monitor the situation and announce a reopening when conditions are determined to be safe.

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Update: Campus closed through Friday Morning

The campus will remain closed through at least Friday, February 19, at 8 a.m. We will monitor the situation and announce a reopening when conditions are determined to be safe.

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Update: Campus closed through Thursday Morning

The campus will remain closed through at least Thursday, February 18, at 8 a.m. We will monitor the situation and announce a reopening when conditions are determined to be safe.

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Campus closed through Wednesday Morning

The campus will close at 4 p.m. Sunday, February 14 and remain closed through at least Wednesday, February 17, at 8 a.m. We will monitor the situation and announce a reopening when conditions are determined to be safe.

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ICYMI: State of the University, Strategic Planning Process

Last week, I had the honor of delivering my first State of the University Address...

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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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Reflections on Martin Luther King Day

On March 8, 1962, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to our campus...

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UT Austin: Steve Sarkisian Named Head Football Coach

In our first message of 2021, we’re excited to share with you the news that we have hired Steve Sarkisian as our head football coach, replacing Tom Herman. Please see our official announcement below, released just moments ago. 

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