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August 3, 2017

Summer Discovery
August 3, 2017
The summer of 1974, between my freshman and sophomore years at UT, was one of the most memorable and formative times of my life. As a budding officer in the Navy ROTC program, I was sent to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for what was euphemistically called a "cruise." My fellow midshipmen and I lived and worked alongside enlisted men for nine weeks. The work we did – chipping paint, cleaning heads (Navy term for bathroom) – was anything but glamorous. But it was highly educational.

July 3, 2017

In(ter)dependence Day
July 3, 2017
Since I’m writing this on July 3rd, let me be among the first to wish you a happy Independence Day. Tomorrow we celebrate the grand, ongoing experiment that is the United States of America and honor the founders who pledged their lives, fortunes, and “sacred honor” to set the experiment in motion 241 years ago.

June 19, 2017

The Great Idea of Texas
June 19, 2017
Last weekend I was honored to spend some time with the Texas Rangers (lawmen not ballplayers) at their annual foundation meeting in Waco. I recounted a story of when I was a boy growing up in France. In 1960, my father, an Air Force Colonel, was transferred to Fontainebleau as part of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE). Overseas we had no television, so I grew up reading comic books. The French bookstores carried Superman, Tin-Tin (a French character) and the Lone Ranger.

May 26, 2017

Memorial Day
May 26, 2017
In my last blog, I paid tribute to our new graduates and pointed out that their futures will be shaped less by the credentials they have earned than by the character it took to earn them. In honor of Memorial Day, I would like to highlight some UT graduates whose character, bravery and selflessness led them to give, in Abraham Lincoln’s immortal words, “the last full measure of devotion” to our country.

May 16, 2017

Character Counts
May 16, 2017
It is graduation season, the absolute best time of the year as far as I’m concerned. I want to congratulate everyone who has earned a UT degree. I am proud beyond words, and I hope you are too. I also want to thank you. Every single student, on every UT campus, makes his or her institution a smarter, more interesting, simply better place. We were lucky to have you, and your future triumphs are going to reflect well on your school, and all who support it. So thank you.