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The University of Texas System commemorates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
We commemorate the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who dedicated himself to the struggle for equality, justice, and opportunity for all Americans.
Dr. King’s words and deeds continue to inspire us, a half century after his death. But equally important, his teachings provide a sobering reminder of the distance between the values we share as Americans and the day-to-day reality for too many of our neighbors.
The mission and goals of The University of Texas System embody key elements of Dr. King’s aspirations for all people, including the opportunity to pursue educational and economic success. Through our great institutions of higher education, we help so many achieve their dreams. But there is more work to be done to ensure that all Texans have access to a great education and the opportunities it makes possible, and we are committed to that important goal.
Let us take the occasion of Martin Luther King Jr. Day to rededicate ourselves to the American values for which Dr. King fought, and ultimately gave his life, and to the essential and unfinished work of providing opportunity, justice, and hope to every single American.
-- Chancellor James B. Milliken
About The University of Texas System
For more than 130 years, The University of Texas System has been committed to improving the lives of Texans and people all over the world through education, research and health care. With 14 institutions, an enrollment of more than 235,000 students and an operating budget of $19.5 billion (FY 2019), the UT System is one of the largest public university systems in the United States. UT institutions produce nearly 59,000 graduates annually and award more than one-third of the state’s undergraduate degrees and almost two-thirds of its health professional degrees. Collectively, UT-owned and affiliated hospitals and clinics accounted for more than 7.8 million outpatient visits and 1.6 million hospital days last year. Across UT institutions, research and development expenditures total $2.7 billion – the second highest among U.S. public higher education systems – and the UT System is regularly ranked among the top 10 most innovative universities in the world. The UT System also is one of the largest employers in Texas, with more than 21,000 faculty – including Nobel laureates and members of the National Academies – and nearly 85,000 health care professionals, researchers, student advisors and support staff.