The UT Tower will have a burnt-orange glow Wednesday, June 3, to welcome Gregory L. Fenves as the university’s 29th president.
“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.’”
Bill Powers left the post June 2 after nine years as UT’s president and passed the reins to Fenves, who had served as UT Austin’s provost and executive vice president since 2013. Fenves was dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering from 2008 to 2013.
“As Greg Fenves begins his service as president of this great institution, I take comfort knowing that UT is in great hands,” Powers says. “I am very optimistic about the future.”
Fenves says he will both build on the successes of recent years while also pursuing excellence in new ways, making UT one of the top public research universities in the world.
As president, Fenves has set his sights on furthering innovation in undergraduate education, expanding the real-world impacts of research, creating a new health care model with medical education and comprehensive care and transforming lives by sharing UT’s unique resources with the state, nation and world.
“I am committed to advancing The University of Texas at Austin and leading it to even higher levels,” Fenves says. “Your loyalty, support and enthusiasm have been the foundation of our success. I look forward to building together an exciting future for UT.”
— Greg Fenves (@gregfenves) June 2, 2015