Mondays with the Faculty

Once a month during the academic year, I attend a meeting of the Faculty Council.  On every agenda, there’s an item called “Questions to the President.”  Sometimes these questions lead to very spirited conversations. I thought Tower Talk readers might be interested in some of the topics that were on the faculty’s mind this week. […]

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Questions for a New Semester

This is the first week of class on the UT campus.  Although the beginning of the semester is always very busy, I had a chance to sit down and answer a few questions from Student Government President Liam O’Rourke.  A video of that interview is available below: Tower Talk Interview with Liam O’Rourke, January 2010 […]

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Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every year that I’ve served as president, I’ve spoken and marched at the Martin Luther King Community March in Austin.  As many of you know, our students erected a statue of Dr. King on the East Mall of our campus in 1999.  The statue is the starting point for this annual event.  Here are my remarks from […]

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The Recession Catches Up with Texas

Governor Perry sent a letter to all state agencies today requesting that we submit a plan to cut spending of state general revenue and general revenue-dedicated appropriations by 5%.  These plans are due by February 15.  The request was prompted by a forecast of lower state revenue as a result of the recession.  In light […]

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Dinner at Bill’s

One of the pleasures of being president of UT is spending time with fascinating people.  Since I became president in 2006, I have held small dinners for faculty members at my home.  We try to host them monthly, and this week was the first of 2010.  Most often, we have eight early to mid-career faculty members […]

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Integrity, Good Sportsmanship, and Texas Pride

This has been an exceptional season for Longhorn football, even if we came up one game short. Congratulations to all the players, Coach Mack Brown, and the entire coaching staff.  Best wishes to Colt McCoy for a speedy recovery.  Not only did the Horns have a remarkable season, they did it the right way—with integrity, […]

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