March 10, 2017
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to speak at the SXSWedu conference in Austin. Among other things, I shared my view that while putting students on a path to success will always be job one, we in higher education have broader responsibilities as well.
I spoke about the values we instill in the young people on our campuses – either tacitly or deliberately – and laid out what I call the Three Ds, which I consider cornerstones of a good education: Discovery, Debate, and Dissent.
February 23, 2017
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to speak with a great group of students and faculty from my alma mater, the Moody College of Communication at UT Austin. I shared with them some of the lessons I learned when I was an undergrad, how I have tried to carry those lessons with me throughout my career, and how I hoped they would carry them forward as well.
February 15, 2017
Last Friday I had the opportunity to participate in one of my favorite annual traditions – the Employee Service Awards, recognizing our UT System colleagues who have reached service milestones ranging from five to forty years. At the top of the seniority list – with four decades of service – was Steve Leslie , our Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. I’m proud that Steve and I, combined, have 42 years of experience in academia!
January 30, 2017
Texas, and indeed the whole world, lost a hero on Saturday when Charles LeMaistre, known universally as “Mickey,” passed away. Mickey was a man whose humble demeanor belied a life of extraordinary achievement. Born in Alabama, he had his sights set on the Naval Academy before an eye injury made him ineligible to attend. While disappointing to Mickey, the injury set him on an alternative path that ultimately saved countless lives.
January 16, 2017
It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day here in the United States, and among other things, that means many of you have the day off from school or work. As you relax and recharge, I hope you’ll also set aside some time to reflect on Dr. King’s life – his words as well as his deeds – and its relevance to your own.
Like most people, I’ve listened to the 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech many times, and in particular, I am always moved by the passage: