One-on-One Blog

Teachers are Heroes

April 10, 2018
Last Friday, I had the great pleasure of meeting three phenomenal educators – the latest inductees into The University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Loyal readers of this blog know that the Academy was created to recognize the best of the best, and to enlist them as advocates for innovation and excellence in teaching.  The 2018 inductees are:

A New Leader at UTSA

March 21, 2018
Yesterday I had the pleasure of helping usher in a new era of leadership for UT San Antonio at the inauguration of President Taylor Eighmy.

Tackling the Rural Health Challenge

February 9, 2018
What if taking your child to see an asthma specialist meant missing work and an hours-long drive? What if the nearest oncologist was 100 miles away?  Physical proximity to quality healthcare is a blessing those of us living in or around big cities sometimes take for granted. But throw a dart at a map of Texas, and you’ll likely hit a spot where access to care is anything but a given. Nearly six in ten Texas physicians practice in just five of our state’s 254 counties. Sixty-four counties have no hospital, and 24 lack even a single primary care physician. 

Turning Defeats into Victories

January 5, 2018
Like millions of Americans, I will spend much of the next three days glued to the TV, watching some of the best professional and college football teams slug it out on the gridiron. But I’m pretty sure my favorite football moment of the season has already taken place – a highlight you don’t have to love football, or sports at all, to appreciate.

Keeping Texas Competitive

December 8, 2017
Earlier this week, I had the honor of testifying before the Texas House Select Committee on Economic Competitiveness, and I would like to share some of what I said with you there. Public universities play an absolutely critical role in our state’s continuing economic dynamism. Every Texan, whether or not they ever set foot on a university or community college campus, benefits from an educated citizenry and the innovations that flow from those institutions.