As we near the close of 2014, I want to wish you happy holidays and a joyful winter break.
When the campus comes alive with students once again in January, we will have a new chancellor, Distinguished Alumnus Bill McRaven. I congratulate Admiral McRaven on his new role, and I want to thank Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa for his service to the UT System over the past five years and wish him well in the next chapter of his career.
I’d also like to share with you a list of the top stories from UT over this calendar year, which can be found here. Surveying these stories of teaching and research excellence from the last 12 months will make you prouder than ever of UT Austin.
Finally, good luck to all of our Longhorns competing in the upcoming days — our football team, which takes on Arkansas in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl in Houston at 8 p.m. on December 29, our highly ranked women’s and men’s basketball teams, and our fantastic volleyball team, playing in the NCAA semifinal Thursday, Dec. 18. The winner will play for the National Championship on Dec. 20. Join me in supporting all of our great student-athletes.
This is the time of year when Kim and I feel especially blessed to count so many of you as friends and to have enjoyed so much support from the University of Texas family.