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All content by Josh Willis

Maurie McInnis named UT-Austin provost

Josh Willis January 12, 2016

UT President Gregory Fenves announced Monday that Maurie McInnis, vice provost for academic affairs and professor of art history at the University of Virginia, would be named UT’s next executive...


News reporter says farewell

Josh Willis December 4, 2015

Josh Willis has worked as a general reporter, a senior reporter on the System and Administration beat, and a news desk editor. He will miss causing trouble around the office.


Queer People of Color and Allies create network of support with welcome event

Josh Willis August 28, 2015

The Queer People of Color and Allies (QPOCA) held a welcome event in front of Gregory Gym on Thursday to connect queer students with supportive organizations. Bloq Party, an annual event put on by QPOCA,...


Fenves: Focus as president will be on research, affordability

Josh Willis May 4, 2015

As President William Powers Jr. prepares to step down, UT’s next president, Gregory Fenves, said his goals for the University center around addressing persistent issues, such as increasing access...

More than half of campus community has adopted new Wi-Fi

Josh Willis May 1, 2015

More than 50 percent of students, faculty and staff on campus have switched to UT’s new Wi-Fi network, according to an Information Technology Service representative.  William Green,...


Tuition to remain flat for fall 2015

Josh Willis April 30, 2015

For the fall 2015 semester, students will not see an increase in tuition, despite requests from the University administration, according to a report from the Office of Financial Affairs. Tuition at...


Chancellor McRaven gives lecture on international relations

Josh Willis April 28, 2015

Chancellor William McRaven gave a lecture on national defense and security Monday for the Glickman Centennial Lecture at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center.  McRaven, a retired four-star admiral...


After chancellor denies records requests, Hall appeals to attorney general

Josh Willis and Jordan Rudner April 24, 2015

UT System Regent Wallace Hall is appealing to the attorney general to review student information, despite UT System Chancellor William McRaven’s admonition that Hall’s requests go “well...

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Fenves named UT’s next president

Josh Willis April 20, 2015

The UT System Board of Regents voted to name Gregory Fenves, executive vice president and provost, UT’s next president. The regents met by phone call for a special meeting Monday to vote on Fenves’...


Powers calls for successor to focus on balancing affordability, accessibility

Josh Willis April 20, 2015

As President William Powers Jr. prepares to step down from office, he said he hopes affordability and accessibility remain priorities for the new administration. Powers said although he has worked to...


As Powers prepares to leave office, graduation rate goal remains elusive

Josh Willis April 17, 2015

The University’s four-year graduation rate has shown improvements over the last several years — but when President William Powers Jr. leaves office at the end of the school year, fewer than...

Vice chancellor to step down, teach full time

Josh Willis April 15, 2015

Last week, a UT System executive vice chancellor announced he will step down from his position. Pedro Reyes, UT System executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, will step down once a replacement...


Powers: Quality before quantity when it comes to hiring faculty

Josh Willis April 14, 2015

UT president William Powers Jr. addressed concerns regarding UT’s unchanged student-faculty ratio at the faculty council meeting Monday. Powers said using University funds to attract a higher...

New UT System Institute to focus on health care system quality

Josh Willis April 13, 2015

Lynda Chin, recently named associate vice chancellor for health transformation and chief innovation officer for health affairs for the UT System, is set to lead the newly created UT System Institute for...


Regents vote to allow Hall to review investigation

Josh Willis April 9, 2015

The UT System Board of Regents voted at a meeting Wednessday to allow Regent Wallace Hall to review information collected during an investigation into UT admission practices. The Board released the...

New UT System associate vice chancellor named

Josh Willis April 7, 2015

The UT System appointed Lynda Chin on Thursday to the position of associate vice chancellor for health transformation and chief innovation officer for health affairs.  Chin, the former scientific...


Regents to consider facilitating Hall’s requests

Josh Willis April 7, 2015

The UT System Board of Regents will meet Wednesday to consider facilitating requests from Regent Wallace Hall Jr. to look into information gathered about controversial UT admission practices.  In...


Group holds sixth Native American powwow on campus

Josh Willis April 6, 2015

The UT Native American and Indigenous Collective held its sixth Spring Powwow at the East Mall on Saturday. Powwows are Native American community gatherings that often involve singing and dancing, and...


McRaven shoots down campus carry at conference Tuesday

Josh Willis April 1, 2015

UT System Chancellor William McRaven spoke in depth about his stance against campus carry at a conference Tuesday. McRaven, a retired four-star admiral in the U.S. Navy, said campus carry has little...

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Greg Fenves named sole finalist for UT presidency

Julia Brouillette and Josh Willis March 27, 2015

The UT System Board of Regents voted Friday to select Greg Fenves, UT executive vice president and provost, as the sole finalist to become the next UT president. If approved, Fenves will replace outgoing...


New regent brings leadership to Board

Josh Willis March 26, 2015

Editor’s note: This is the second story in a two-part series on the two new UT System Board of Regents. A profile on Sara Martinez Tucker ran Wednesday and is available online.  UT System...

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New UT System Regent Martinez Tucker brings education experience to UT

Josh Willis March 25, 2015

Editor’s Note: This story is the first in a two-part series on the two new members of the UT System Board of Regents. The second profile will run Thursday.​UT System Regent Sara Martinez Tucker...


University adopts new Wi-Fi network to bolster security

Josh Willis March 23, 2015

The UT campus will shift over to a new Wi-Fi network over the next two months as part of an attempt to keep the network in line with modern security standards. UT spokesman Kevin Almasy said the “”...


Senate confirms three UT System Board of Regents appointees

Josh Willis March 11, 2015

The Texas Senate confirmed Wednesday Gov. Greg Abbott’s three appointees to the UT System Board of Regents. The Senate unanimously approved Sara Martinez Tucker, CEO of the National Math and Science...


UT System unveils new learning platform

Josh Willis March 11, 2015

The UT System Institute for Transformational Learning introduced a new learning platform that uses competency-based education in an attempt to more actively engage students. The institute developed...


President of the Ford Foundation, UT alumnus Darren Walker to deliver commencement address

Josh Willis and Jackie Wang March 9, 2015

Darren Walker, UT alumnus and president of the Ford Foundation, will deliver the keynote address at the spring commencement ceremony on May 23, University administrators announced Friday. Walker began...


Senate committee approves Board of Regent nominees

Josh Willis March 6, 2015

The Senate Committee on Nominations approved three candidates for appointment to the UT System Board of Regents on Thursday. The appointees — David Beck, Steve Hicks and Sara Martinez Tucker —...

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Board of Regents declines naming presidential candidates

Josh Willis March 5, 2015

After seven hours in a closed-door session Wednesday, the UT System Board of Regents declined to name a president or announce the names of the finalists for the UT presidency.  According to...

UT System Board of Regents defers decision to name finalists for Powers’ replacement

Josh Willis March 4, 2015

The UT System Board of Regents interviewed three finalists for the UT Presidency in a closed-door meeting Wednesday, but decided not to name the finalists. The Board of Regents deferred action...

UT System to give seed grants for brain research

Josh Willis March 4, 2015

The UT System Neuroscience and Neurotechnology Institute will accept applications for $100,000 seed grants for human brain research. The institute, which the UT System Board of Regents established in...


University establishes master’s program for space entrepreneurship

Josh Willis February 27, 2015

The University is planning to offer a master’s degree in space entrepreneurship beginning in May. The program will be a part of the larger Masters of Science in Technology Commercialization program,...


Senate committee questions Board of Regents nominees

Josh Willis and Eleanor Dearman February 27, 2015

The Senate Committee on Nominations questioned Gov. Greg Abbott’s three regent appointees for more than five hours about admissions, open records requests, and other issues that have prompted conflict...


McCombs, LBJ deans to step down

Eleanor Dearman and Josh Willis February 24, 2015

Two UT deans will step down at the end of the semester, according to a blog post released Friday by UT President William Powers Jr. Robert Hutchings, dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and...


Powers works to ensure veterans can maintain admitted status

Josh Willis February 23, 2015

UT President William Powers Jr. is working to amend a bill to ensure students who are automatically accepted to UT, and who later decide to enlist in the military, will regain their admitted status to...

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UT System, UT-Austin break philanthropy records

Josh Willis February 23, 2015

The UT System broke its philanthropy record this year, according to a report released at a Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 11. According to the report, overall giving topped $1.73 billion among all...


Seton Healthcare Family executive will depart for McCombs, work with Dell Medical School

Josh Willis February 20, 2015

After 20 years of service as an executive board chair at the Seton Healthcare Family hospital network, Charles Barnett is planning to move to the McCombs School of Business, where he will work to connect...

Horns Digest names four rumored finalists for UT president position

Josh Willis February 20, 2015

“Horns Digest,” an online sports journal, named four alleged finalists for the UT presidency in a post Thursday. The publication did not specify their source of the information, but named...


Board of Regents approves $2.4 million for alcohol abuse prevention and recovery programs

Josh Willis February 18, 2015

The UT System Board of Regents approved $2.4 million at a meeting Thursday to support the expansion of alcohol prevention, education and recovery programs at all UT System schools.  The funds will...


Faculty Council reaffirms ban of firearms on campus

Wynne Davis and Josh Willis February 17, 2015

The UT Faculty Council passed a resolution Monday reaffirming the ban of firearms on campus. The Council unanimously approved the resolution in response to SB 11, which would allow concealed carry of...


McRaven announces committee to examine Kroll admissions report

Josh Willis February 17, 2015

UT System Chancellor William McRaven announced the formation of a committee to examine the recommendations made by Kroll Associates in response to the recent investigation into admissions at UT. The...


UT finance chief Kevin Hegarty stepping down, taking post at University of Michigan

Josh Willis February 16, 2015

Kevin Hegarty, UT’s vice president and chief financial officer, will step down from his position to become executive vice president and CFO at the University of Michigan. Mary Knight, associate...


McRaven calls on legislature to fund veteran education under Hazlewood Act

Josh Willis February 16, 2015

UT System Chancellor William McRaven is calling on lawmakers to help fund a tuition exemption for veterans that resulted in a loss of $42.1 million in forgone tuition at UT System schools in the 2014 fiscal...


Report: Powers influenced admission for children of legislators, administrators

Josh Willis February 13, 2015

President William Powers Jr. helped secure admittance for a small pool of applicants over objections of admissions office officials, according to a report released Thursday by the UT System Board of Regents. An...


Report released showing Powers’ involvement in admissions

Josh Willis February 12, 2015

President William Powers Jr. helped secure admittance for students over objections of admissions office, according to a report released Thursday by the UT System Board of Regents. The report, performed...


UT Board of Regents met Wednesday to allocate budget

Josh Willis February 12, 2015

The UT System Board of Regents met Wednesday to discuss budget allocations within the UT System.  The regents divided their time among different committees to deliberate items on the agenda, including...

UT System Board of Regents names first CEO of University Lands Office

Josh Willis February 11, 2015

The UT System Board of Regents authorized Mark Houser to become the CEO of the University Lands Office on Tuesday. Houser, president and CEO of EV Energy Partners, LP and executive vice president and...


Chancellor McRaven, state lawmakers clash in tuition regulation debate

Josh Willis and Eleanor Dearman February 11, 2015

Texas legislators and UT System administrators are squaring off over the role of the legislature in setting — or limiting — University tuition rates. Six separate bills in favor of...


Campus Climate Response Team sees 713 percent increase in bias incident reports

Josh Willis February 9, 2015

The Campus Climate Response Team (CCRT) saw an increase of 713 percent in the number of “bias incidents” reported in the 2013-2014 school year as compared to the 2012-2013 school year, largely...


Falling oil prices impact Permanent University Fund endowment

Josh Willis February 6, 2015

University of Texas Investment Management Company officials released a report Thursday detailing the effects of falling oil prices on the Permanent University Fund (PUF).  The PUF is an endowment...


Chancellor William McRaven: Texas Dream Act is ‘morally right’

Josh Willis February 6, 2015

UT Chancellor William McRaven said he supports allowing undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates to attend UT System universities at an event hosted by the Texas Tribune on Thursday. McRaven...

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Committee finalizes cost increases for parking permits

Josh Willis February 5, 2015

UT will begin charging more for parking permits across the board starting Sept. 1, in line with a report from the UT Parking Strategies Committee. The increases will apply each year for at least the...


Engineering school receives $3.5 million gift from Texas Instruments

Josh Willis February 4, 2015

The Cockrell School of Engineering received a $3.5 million donation from Texas Instruments (TI), a Fort Worth-based technology manufacturer, on Tuesday. The gift will go toward seven new teaching and...


UT to participate in controversial sexual assault survey

Josh Willis and Samantha Ketterer February 2, 2015

UT will participate in a nationwide campus sexual assault survey that many of its peer institutions rejected, followed by a second, in-house survey later this year, to gather information about the prevalence...


Gov. Abbott proposes fund to attract prestigious faculty

Josh Willis January 30, 2015

Gov. Greg Abbott proposed the creation of a fund Thursday to incentivize universities across the state to hire prestigious faculty. Under Abbott’s new proposal, the University Research Initiative,...

UT professor appointed finance minister of Greece

Josh Willis January 29, 2015

Newly elected Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras appointed a UT visiting professor as the country’s finance minister Tuesday. Yanis Varoufakis, a visiting professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs,...


Dell Foundation gives $25 million to teaching hospital

Josh Willis January 28, 2015

The Dell Foundation promised Tuesday to match donations, dollar for dollar, up to $25 millions for the Seton Healthcare Family’s teaching hospital to help cover the remaining costs. The hospital...

Students, professors split over flipped classrooms

Josh Willis January 27, 2015

Students and faculty don’t always flip out over flipped classes. In a “flipped class,” professors provide online video lectures to students prior to class. The professor then uses...


Administration to launch another round of Shared Services pilot programs

Josh Willis January 23, 2015

Shared Services, a plan to centralize the University’s human resources, information technology, finance and procurement services, will be implemented differently in future pilot programs as a result...


Students will use prize money for social services app

Josh Willis January 22, 2015

After winning a $100,000 award in the IBM Watson University Competition, a group of seven computer science students plan to develop an mobile app that connects users to local social services, such as clothing...


Interviews for next UT president begin

Josh Willis January 20, 2015

Members of the UT presidential search advisory committee have begun interviewing candidates to replace President William Powers Jr., who announced in July he would be resigning after the end of this school...


Adler elected Austin mayor in runoff election

Josh Willis December 17, 2014

Attorney Steve Adler defeated Austin City Council member Mike Martinez in a runoff election Tuesday for Austin mayor. Tuesday concluded Austin’s first election under the 10-ONE system, which reorganizes...


Students rally in support of worker’s rights

Josh Willis December 4, 2014

Students from two different organizations gathered at the Main Mall on Wednesday to protest the University’s involvement with a company known for using sweatshop labor. Demonstrators sang altered...


African writer speaks at symposium

Josh Willis December 3, 2014

African author Taiye Selasi spoke at the Symposium for African Writers at the Student Union on Tuesday. Four other authors sat in the front row to see Selasi, as she spoke about her inspirations, writing...


Austin citizens protest in response to Ferguson ruling

Josh Willis November 26, 2014

Demonstrators filled the base of the Austin Police Department’s headquarters Tuesday, demanding changes to America’s justice system.    On Monday, a St. Louis County grand jury...


Professors talk about issues related to immigration

Josh Willis November 21, 2014

On the same night President Obama announced an executive action to address illegal immigration, Alfonso Gonzales and Michael Rivera, assistant professors in the Department of Mexican-American and Latina/o...


Madison Wickham speaks about his popular startup

Josh Willis November 19, 2014

Madison Wickham, CEO and president of the company that started Total Frat Move and Total Sorority Move, spoke at the SAC on Tuesday about his experiences in the world of startups.  Wickham,...


CNN chief political correspondent talks about women in media

Josh Willis November 13, 2014

Candy Crowley, chief political correspondent at CNN, said in a lecture at the Belo Center for New Media on Wednesday that the climate for women in the media still needs improvement. “There’s...


Retired general speaks about Veterans Day

Josh Willis November 12, 2014

Retired Gen. Montgomery Meigs spoke Tuesday at Westminster, a retirement community, about his service and the future of the United States. Meigs delivered his speech to a room full of retired military...


Professors, campaign professionals discuss election results

Josh Willis November 6, 2014

Professors and campaign professionals gathered at the Belo Center for New Media on Wednesday to dissect and analyze Tuesday’s election results at an event hosted by the New Politics Forum at the...


Yik Yak creators speak to students about app

Josh Willis November 5, 2014

Accompanied by the app’s mascot, the creators of Yik Yak spoke Tuesday at the SAC via Skype about their experiences working on the social media app. Creators Brooks Buffington and Tyler Droll,...

Petition calls for release of UT student imprisoned in Iran

Josh Willis October 30, 2014

With thousands of people having signed a petition asking for the release of Omid Kokabee from a prison in Iran, he was recently granted a retrial from the Iranian judicial system.  Kokabee, a former...


UT spooks students with haunted house

Josh Willis October 29, 2014

To celebrate Halloween, Campus Events and Entertainment turned Gregory Plaza into a free haunted house Tuesday, featuring eyeless babies, rolling fog and blood-curdling screams.  Nick Engmann,...


School of Architecture works to raise funds for renovation project

Josh Willis October 23, 2014

Working toward a major renovation project, the School of Architecture is in the midst of a fundraising campaign for a project, which is currently in the planning stages. First announced in April, the...


Cyber security expo educates about safe computing

Josh Willis October 22, 2014

At the NSCAM Cyber Security Expo on Tuesday, UT’s Information Security Office gave students and faculty the chance to learn how to protect their cyber-selves. Hosted in the SAC, the event featured...

U.S. representative talks about Congress’ role in improving national intelligence

Josh Willis October 18, 2014

U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, spoke at an intelligence conference in the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on Friday about Congress' role in improving the country's...


Texas Memorial Museum allows visitors to interact with artifacts at National Fossil Day event

Josh Willis October 16, 2014

Families, children and students viewed and touched various rocks and fossils Wednesday at the Texas Memorial Museum’s National Fossil Day celebration. National Fossil Day was started in 2010 by...


Nutritional sciences professor discusses student dieting

Josh Willis October 9, 2014

While students snacked on pizza, Jaimie Davis, nutritional sciences assistant professor, discussed the difference between counting carbs and measuring fat intake at the Perry-Castañeda Library on...


UT launches identity theft resource center

Josh Willis October 8, 2014

The UT Center for Identity launched a new program at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center on Tuesday intended to combat the growing threat of identity theft. Brenda Berkelaar, communication studies assistant...

Demonstrators rally to raise awareness for imprisoned student Omid Kokabee

Josh Willis October 2, 2014

A group of demonstrators gathered Wednesday on the RLM bridge to raise awareness for Omid Kokabee, a former UT physics graduate student who has been imprisoned in Iran for almost four years. The group...

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Materials Lab hosts art exhibition from UT art assistant professor

Josh Willis October 1, 2014

The University Co-op Materials Lab is featuring an art exhibit by Jeff Williams, an art and art history assistant professor, that uses materials ranging from everyday to exotic to create vibrant models. Jen...


Watergate scandal reporter speaks on campus

Josh Willis September 25, 2014

Bob Woodward, one of the reporters who broke the Watergate scandal in 1972, talked about his experiences as a journalist Wednesday at the Belo Center for New Media. Woodward, now the associate...

Former US ambassador gives talk on American-Russian relations

Josh Willis September 24, 2014

Jack Matlock, former United States ambassador to the Soviet Union, visited the LBJ Library on Tuesday and said current American-Russian relations are intensifying. Matlock said he fears the aggression...


Argentina defense minister discusses South American politics

Josh Willis September 18, 2014

Agustín Rossi, the Argentinian minister of defense, discussed foreign affairs and peace in Latin America at the LBJ School of Public Affairs on Wednesday.  Rossi, who spoke with a translator...

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Texas Performing Arts receives Mellon Foundation grant

Josh Willis September 17, 2014

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a $400,000 grant to Texas Performing Arts on Thursday to support classical music production for various shows and performances on campus. “The largest benefit...


Three members of the TV industry discuss its history

Josh Willis September 12, 2014

In a crowded room in the Student Activity Center on Thursday, a panel of writers, directors and a television critic discussed the history of television from the 1970s through today.  Three panel...


Michael Dell’s son to launch dating app with UT students

Josh Willis September 11, 2014

The name Dell may be synonymous with computers, but a younger Dell has his eyes set on online dating.  Zach Dell, son of Dell Inc. founder Michael Dell, will launch a new dating app called...

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