Hook ’em!


Today is my final day as president of The University of Texas at Austin. Serving in this office for the past nine and a half years has been the highest honor of my career, and I will miss it. Words are not enough to thank you all for the Texas spirit you have shown as, together, we have moved the University forward. And the support and friendship you have shown Kim and me has changed our lives forever.

As Greg Fenves begins his service as president of this great institution tomorrow, I take comfort knowing that UT is in great hands. I am very optimistic about the future.

UT will always be a big part of my life. After some time off, I will resume teaching at the law school. And I expect to see many of you at football and volleyball games, museum exhibits, and dozens of other events in the life of this amazing place.

Thank you for all you have done for The University of Texas.

God bless you and UT. And Hook ’em Horns!
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Final Thoughts on an Unusual Commencement Weekend

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UT’s 132nd Commencement: A Time to Celebrate

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New book on Signature Courses shares UT’s educational innovations

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Scott Hanna to direct Longhorn Band

One of the key institutions in Longhorn life has a new leader. Scott Hanna has been named director of the Longhorn Band and will begin this summer. Scott has been the band’s associate director for the past 16 years and also will be promoted to associate director of bands in the Butler School of Music. […]

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Newest members of Academy of Distinguished Teachers named

I’d like to congratulate the newest members of UT’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers. They are: Richard Corsi, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering Mechele Dickerson, School of Law John Markert, Department of Physics, College of Natural Sciences The academy was created in 1995 to recognize tenured faculty members who throughout […]

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