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Tower Shines June 2 for President Powers

The UT Tower will have a burnt orange glow Tuesday, June 2 to mark the last day of Bill Powers’ nine-year presidency. 

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The UT Tower will have a burnt orange glow Tuesday, June 2 to mark the university’s transition in leadership. President Bill Powers will step down June 2 after nine years as the university’s top administrator.

During his tenure as president, Powers oversaw the historic Campaign for Texas, which successfully raised $3.12 billion, and saw the founding of both the School of Undergraduate Studies and the Dell Medical School, among other accomplishments.

“Thirty-seven years ago I fell in love with UT,” Powers says. “A lot went into that, but nothing more than our people. Our amazing students. Our unbelievably talented faculty. Our innovative and hard-working staff. Our astonishing alumni and friends. I know all too well what all of you have done for me. Thank you!”

Gregory L. Fenves, who has served as UT Austin’s provost and executive vice president since 2013, will take the reins June 3.

 [Keep up with President Fenves by following him on Twitter, @GregFenves.]

“There are tremendous opportunities for our great university,” Fenves says. “And I will work hard every day to realize our state’s constitutional goal of ‘a university of the first class.’”