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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.

April 13, 2017

Cultivating Learning and Safe Environments
April 13, 2017
As Chancellor, I bear the ultimate responsibility for creating, and sustaining, an environment that brings out the best in every aspiring scholar, at every UT System institution. I take that responsibility very seriously and very personally.

March 10, 2017

Discovery, Debate, and Dissent
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.