Betting on the Horns

University of Alabama President Robert Witt and I have a friendly wager on the BCS Championship Bowl game.  If the Horns win, he’ll send me barbecue from Tuscaloosa.  If Bama wins, I’ll send him barbecue from the Iron Works in Austin. This sounds like a win-win situation for President Witt.  He received his doctorate from UT […]

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UT’s New Longhorn iPhone App

Kim and I are in California for the BCS National Championship.  I’ve noticed how many UT alumni and friends are using their iPhones, Blackberries, and other smart phones to stay in touch.  Today we’ve launched our own Longhorn iPhone application, which features UT news, sports, events, videos, and more. The app is part of our […]

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Longhorn Memories

Many of you will be heading for Pasadena this week, and Kim and I look forward to joining you.  The rest of the Longhorn Nation will be watching the BCS Championship Game on television this Thursday.  I know there weren’t enough tickets to go around, and I’m sorry for that.  We’re working with the BCS and the Big 12 […]

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Tough Decisions, Part II

In my previous post, I discussed our economic situation, priorities, and strategy.  Today I want to talk about implementing the strategy.  Reallocation—No colleges or schools have experienced a budget cut for this academic year.  They have been asked to reallocate resources to fund half of the faculty raise pool for 2009-10, as well as their internal […]

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Making Tough Decisions

The challenges our University faces this academic year are complex.  Consequently, our response to these challenges is not a simple story.  In the interest of clarity and transparency, I want to share our strategy.  Because of its length, I’m presenting this post in two installments. The situation—Declines in investment income from all endowments, including the […]

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Celebrating Exceptional Students, Faculty, and Staff

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Most of you have heard me extol our talented, accomplished, and dedicated students, faculty, and staff.  The video linked below will make every member of the UT family proud. We prepared the video to honor some of the scores of members of the campus community who received awards and distinctions during the past year.  As […]

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