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Maurie McInnis named UT-Austin provost

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...

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News reporter says farewell

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.

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

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,...

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Fenves: Focus as president will be on research, affordability

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

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,...

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Tuition to remain flat for fall 2015

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...

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Chancellor McRaven gives lecture on international relations

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...

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After chancellor denies records requests, Hall appeals to attorney general

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

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’...

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Powers calls for successor to focus on balancing affordability, accessibility

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...

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

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

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...

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Powers: Quality before quantity when it comes to hiring faculty

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

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...

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Regents vote to allow Hall to review investigation

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

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...

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Regents to consider facilitating Hall’s requests

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...

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Group holds sixth Native American powwow on campus

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...

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McRaven shoots down campus carry at conference Tuesday

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

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...

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New regent brings leadership to Board

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

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...

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University adopts new Wi-Fi network to bolster security

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 “restricted.utexas.edu”...

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Senate confirms three UT System Board of Regents appointees

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...

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UT System unveils new learning platform

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...

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

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...

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Senate committee approves Board of Regent nominees

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

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

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

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...

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University establishes master’s program for space entrepreneurship

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,...

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Senate committee questions Board of Regents nominees

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...

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McCombs, LBJ deans to step down

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...

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Powers works to ensure veterans can maintain admitted status

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

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...

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

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

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...

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

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...

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Faculty Council reaffirms ban of firearms on campus

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...

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McRaven announces committee to examine Kroll admissions report

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...

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

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...

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McRaven calls on legislature to fund veteran education under Hazlewood Act

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...

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Report: Powers influenced admission for children of legislators, administrators

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...

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Report released showing Powers’ involvement in admissions

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...

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UT Board of Regents met Wednesday to allocate budget

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

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...

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Chancellor McRaven, state lawmakers clash in tuition regulation debate

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...

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

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...

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Falling oil prices impact Permanent University Fund endowment

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...

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

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...