Office of the President

2018 Updates

December 10, 2018

Campus incident updates

As you wrap up your classes and work in preparation for a well-deserved winter break, I wanted to provide some updates regarding the various incidents that occurred on campus this semester. Read more  
December 6, 2018

Student Success Center Initiative Launch

Student success is one of our three institutional destinations, and our rapid progress is already garnering attention. We have aggressive retention and graduation rate goals and a rigorous Integrated Student Success Plan and Strategic Enrollment Plan in place to help us reach them. Read more  
December 4, 2018

Newly established President's Student Advisory Council

Nominations for council membership are being accepted through Monday, December 10. Interested students should seek nomination from their college dean or one of the campus administrators listed on the Council’s website. Read more  
November 20, 2018

Preventing sexual violence and misconduct

Message to the UTSA community regarding preventing sexual violence and misconduct. Read more  
November 20, 2018

Sexual assault investigation

Message to the UTSA community regarding a today's campus sexual assault investigation. Read more  
November 14, 2018

Outcomes of Monday's classroom incident

Message to the UTSA community with an update and final outcomes of the investigation into Monday's classroom incident. Read more  
November 13, 2018

Follow-up regarding yesterday's classroom incident

An update regarding yesterday’s classroom incident. Read more  
November 12, 2018

Bioscience Leaders Hone Strategy to Put San Antonio on the Research map

Rivard Report
Four leaders of San Antonio's major research institutions have teamed up to develop a plan to accelerate biomedical discoveries, attract talent and funding, and put San Antonio's biomedical research ecosystem on the map nationally and internationally. Read more  
November 12, 2018

Today's classroom incident

Message to the UTSA community regarding today's classroom incident. Read more  
November 9, 2018

Veterans Day Message

I wanted to take a moment this Veterans Day to acknowledge the enduring contributions to our country from all of our Roadrunners Veterans. Read more  
November 6, 2018

Registration Issues

Thanks in advance for your patience, and I apologize for any additional stress you may have experienced. My goal is to provide all students with a flawless, easy-to-use course registration experience. Read more  
November 5, 2018

UTSA's Dean of Students

I am writing today to let you know about a restructuring of the leadership team within the Division of Student Affairs. Read more  
November 2, 2018

Our strategic plan in action

This academic year we’ve been busy rolling out the next set of strategic initiatives to get UTSA closer to our destinations as a great research university, model for student success and exemplar for strategic growth and innovative excellence. Read more  
October 30, 2018

Presentation at the 2018 SCUP Southern Regional Conference

President Taylor Eighmy's presentation at the 2018 Society for College and University Planning - Southern Regional Conference on October 30, 2018. Read more  
October 24, 2018

Vote!

Early voting for the 2018 Texas midterm elections is underway, and I have one simple message: The best way to make your voice heard is to vote. Read more  
October 22, 2018

Free speech, civic discourse and moving forward

I have spoken with numerous students, faculty and staff in the weeks since the protests that occurred on our campus, and I know there are many in our community continuing to process these events. I am writing today to offer some follow-up and information on where we go from here. Read more  
October 18, 2018

Dialogue on San Antonio's Charter Amendments

Open forum to discuss and understand Propositions A, B and C on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. Read more  
October 18, 2018

Presentation to the UTSA Student Government Association

President Eighmy's "Campus Conversation 2.0" presentation with the UTSA Student Government Association on Thursday, October 18, 2018. Read more  
October 16, 2018

New Student Housing Initiatives

Fostering student success at UTSA requires a multitude of approaches, and we know that providing residential experiences is one of the many keys to this effort. Read more  
October 14, 2018

Free speech, civil discourse and preparing future leaders

Taylor Eighmy, For the San Antonio Express-News
The recent protests occurring across college campuses, including at UTSA, are reminders of the power of public discourse and the importance of universities to provide students with the intellectual tools for civic engagement. Read more  
October 11, 2018

Roadrunner Village Initiative

I’m pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new project that will influence the character of the Main Campus, benefiting both the UTSA community as well as our surrounding neighborhoods: Roadrunner Village. Read more  
October 11, 2018

Presentation to the UTSA Communications Collective

President Eighmy's presentation to the UTSA Communications Collective on October 11, 2018. Read more  
October 11, 2018

Presentation to the UTSA Faculty Senate

President Eighmy and Provost Espy's presentation to the UTSA Faculty Senate on October 11, 2018. Read more  
October 4, 2018

UTSA Downtown Campus announcement

UTSA Downtown Campus announcement on September 18, 2018. Read more  
October 4, 2018

Message regarding today's student protest

The current national political dialogue was evident on our campus today in the form of a student protest on the Paseo. Though the protest at times was tense, it reflected our adherence to the Constitutional right to free speech. As evidenced by the passion and emotion in the crowd, that adherence can sometime be challenging. Read more  
October 1, 2018

Classroom to Career Presidential Initiative

Learning happens everywhere — not just in the classroom. The sentiment behind this statement is far more than a mere platitude. I believe that experiential learning opportunities can greatly enhance classroom instruction and have a profound impact on student learning outcomes. Read more  
September 28, 2018

Once mocked, UTSA graduation rate is soaring

San Antonio Express News
The University of Texas at San Antonio increased its graduation rates once again in 2018, officials announced, crediting the school’s focus on counseling first-generation students for years of improvement. Read more  
September 27, 2018

Strategic Enrollment Initiative Update

Our 2018 retention and graduation rate numbers are out, and they indicate we’ve made some excellent progress. Read more  
September 26, 2018

Pizza with the Prez

President Eighmy would like to get to know more UTSA students by inviting them to casual meet and greets that are scheduled throughout the semester. Read more  
September 20, 2018

Response to inappropriate banners on campus

Earlier today we became aware of multiple banners hung on our campus with highly inappropriate and offensive messaging regarding UTSA’s football game with Texas State University this weekend. I fully and resolutely condemn this action on the part of the students involved in the creation and display of these banners. Read more  
September 18, 2018

Annoucement regarding UTSA's Downtown Campus

I’m excited to share some great news that builds on the recent $70 million commitment by the UT System Board of Regents to expand UTSA’s Downtown Campus. Read more  
September 18, 2018

Downtown Campus announcement news reports

Collection of news reports from UTSA's Downtown Campus announcement on September 18, 2018. Read more  
September 12, 2018

Student Success Initiative Update

There’s a simple truth about UTSA that we don’t acknowledge often enough: we’ve seen dramatic increases in retention and graduation rates over the last decade. Read more  
September 10, 2018

Freedom of Speech

At our new student Convocation last month, I spoke about one of UTSA’s fundamental obligations: to prepare our students to be civically engaged so they can go forth and make the world a better place. Read more  
September 6, 2018

UTSA expands Downtown Campus with a National Security Collaboration Center and planned new School of Data Science

UT System Board of Regents authorizes $70 million for construction of facilities. Read more  
August 31, 2018

Introducing Incentivized Resource Management at UTSA

Tomorrow marks the first day of UTSA’s new fiscal year, and with it the advent of our new budget model and an entirely different approach to managing our institutional resources. Read more  
August 28, 2018

Our commitment to preventing sexual misconduct

Now that the first few days of the new academic year are behind us, I’d like to take this opportunity to address a critically important topic: our unwavering, university-wide commitment to preventing all forms of sexual misconduct. Read more  
August 27, 2018

Operation Defend the Dome

Join us in supporting “Operation Defend the Dome” for the football team’s home opener against Baylor on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Alamodome to recognize and show appreciation to those who defend our country. Read more  
August 21, 2018

Welcome back, faculty and staff!

Welcome to the new academic year! Seeing our students return to campus for the start of the fall semester is such an exciting time – one of the true joys of working in academia. Read more  
August 21, 2018

Welcome back, Roadrunners!

As you settle into your classes and adjust to the pace of the fall semester, allow me to offer you a few words to carry you through the year: Remember to dream big. Read more  
August 20, 2018

Freedom of Speech on University Campuses

A selection of articles capturing a variety of perspectives regarding freedom of expression on university campuses. Read more  
August 17, 2018

'Time waits for now one': UTSA moves ahead with National Security Collaboration Center

The University of Texas San Antonio is standing up a virtual National Security Collaboration Center while they wait for a physical building, said UTSA president Taylor Eighmy during a speech Tuesday at the Cyber Texas Foundation’s annual conference downtown. Read more  
August 15, 2018

Presentation to the Faculty Senate

President Eighmy's presentation to the UTSA Faculty Senate on August 15, 2018 Read more  
August 15, 2018

UTSA moving fast to launch National Security Collaboration Center

San Antonio Business Journal
The University of Texas at San Antonio is moving swiftly to begin research at its National Security Collaboration Center, even before constructing the center's planned $40 million building and as it looks for a director to lead it. Read more  
August 14, 2018

Presentation at the 2018 CyberTexas Summit

President Eighmy's presentation at the 2018 CyberTexas Summit on August 14. Read more  
August 14, 2018

UTSA launches cybersecurity center on Main Campus pending downtown home

The University of Texas at San Antonio’s $40 million cybersecurity hub is likely more than two years away from completion, but that hasn’t stopped the university from setting up shop in a 25,000-square-foot temporary space on its main campus. Read more  
August 10, 2018

Roadrunner Athletics Center of Excellence

This summer has been a busy one with the launch of our Campus Master Plan and Research Excellence initiatives, both of which will accelerate UTSA’s upward trajectory as a nationally-recognized university located in the fastest growing city in the U.S. Today I’m pleased to announce the launch of an initiative to move us closer to our goals for our athletics programs – a new Center of Excellence for Roadrunner Athletics. Read more  
August 8, 2018

UTSA President calls for creating bigger downtown presence

University of Texas at San Antonio President Taylor Eighmy forecasted the future of his school’s downtown campus and its potential to embed itself into the downtown landscape during a conversation with Centro San Antonio members on Wednesday. Read more  
August 8, 2018

Presentation to Centro San Antonio

President Eighmy's presentation to Centro San Antonio about the future of the UTSA Downtown Campus on August 8, 2018. Read more  
August 3, 2018

Presidential initiative on research excellence

I am pleased to announce the launch of the Presidential Initiative on Research Excellence. Led by Dr. Bernard Arulanandam, Interim Vice President for Research, Economic Development and Knowledge Enterprise, this initiative will have a monumental impact on UTSA’s future as a multicultural discovery enterprise. Read more  
June 27, 2018

UTSA Downtown Campus expands course schedule options

UTSA Today
UTSA students taking classes at the Downtown Campus this fall will have more options to optimize their course schedules and reduce the need to travel between the Downtown Campus and Main Campus to fulfill degree requirements. Read more  
June 25, 2018

Presidential initiative on the campus master plan

Under the leadership of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Kimberly Andrews Espy, this task force will establish a framework for the development of UTSA’s campuses over the next decade. Read more  
June 19, 2018

Follow-up regarding campus consensual relationships

I am sending along a follow-up to my message of May 24 regarding investigations of faculty-student consensual relationships on our campus. Read more  
June 15, 2018

Budget and merit increase for fiscal year 2019

Over the last several months, Vice President for Business Affairs Kathy Funk-Baxter and her team worked diligently to craft an institutional budget for fiscal year 2019 that balances a multitude of priorities. Read more  
June 8, 2018

Strategic initiative on data governance and integrity

Making data-driven decisions is important to the success of any organization – but the decisions themselves are only as good as the data they’re based on. The primary goal of our next strategic initiative on Data Governance & Integrity is to provide all of us with the information we need to make effective decisions as faculty and staff here at UTSA. Read more  
June 7, 2018

Presentation to the Real Estate Council of San Antonio

President Eighmy's presentation to the Real Estate Council of San Antonio on June 7, 2018. Read more  
June 5, 2018

Celebrating UTSA's National Leadership in Cybersecurity and the Biosciences

President Eighmy's presentation in Washington D.C. on June 5, 2018. Read more  
June 1, 2018

Where we've been, where we're going

As our minds turn to preparing for the upcoming terms, I wanted to take a moment to share some thoughts regarding where we’ve been this year, and the vision for UTSA’s future in the decade ahead. Read more  
June 1, 2018

UTSA - Charting the Future of Cybersecurity

UTSA - Charting the Future of Cybersecurity Read more  
June 1, 2018

Leading the Way: Biomedical Research and Development

Leading the Way: Biomedical Research and Development Read more  
May 29, 2018

New peer models of excellence

Though we are forging our own, distinct path as San Antonio’s university of the future, there are lessons to be learned from the successes of others. Read more  
May 24, 2018

Message regarding campus consensual relationships

As a nation we are grappling with the devastating reality that sexual harassment and misconduct are all too common in our society. Read more  
May 24, 2018

Presentation to the Construction Industry Advisory Council

President Eighmy's presentation to the Construction Industry Advisory Council on May 24, 2018. Read more  
May 22, 2018

Presentation to the College of Business Advisory Council

President Eighmy's presentation to the College of Business Advisory Council on May 22, 2018. Read more  
May 16, 2018

Presentation to the House Select Committee on Cybersecurity

President Eighmy's presentation to the House Select Committee on Cybersecurity during a public hearing on May 16, 2018. Read more  
May 8, 2018

A new face in the President's Office

There is a new face in the President’s Office, very happy to announce the hiring of Yvonne De Leon as the new executive assistant to the President. Read more  
April 19, 2018

Downtown Campus Initiative Town Halls

Upcoming town hall conversations regarding the newly launched President's Initiative for the Downtown Campus. Read more  
April 13, 2018

Presidential Initiative on the Downtown Campus

Imagine a Downtown “Centro” Campus that is just as vibrant and active as the Main “Norte” Campus—an urban academic enclave that provides a fully realized living/learning experience for students and serves as an intellectual gateway to San Antonio’s near west side and downtown. Read more  
April 12, 2018

UTSA as a hub for cybersecurity innovation

The UTSA cybersecurity programs are already considered to be the top in the country. The time is right to take UTSA's cybersecurity leadership to the next level. Read more  
April 11, 2018

New additions to UTSA's Senior Leadership Team

President Eighmy announced the addition of two additional positions to his Senior Leadership Team. Read more  
April 6, 2018

UTSA Day of Service

A social media snapshot from the 2018 UTSA Day of Service. Read more  
April 5, 2018

Presentation to the College of Engineering Advisory Council

President Eighmy's presentation to the College of Engineering Advisory Council on April 5, 2018. Read more  
April 4, 2018

New website for bias incident reporting

UTSA’s new Campus Climate Team, which launched in November, has been actively monitoring and addressing bias incidents on campus. The Campus Climate Team has since launched a website to provide accurate information to the community regarding campus bias incidents. Read more  
April 2, 2018

Dream no small dreams

In a message to the UTSA community, President Eighmy gives updates on key initiatives and university conversations. Read more  
April 2, 2018

President Eighmy shares his vision for the future

Texas Public Radio: The Source
President Eighmy shares vision for the future of UTSA in a live interview on Texas Public Radio: The Source. Read more  
March 30, 2018

Reorganization of community services units

On Friday, March 30, 2018, President Eighmy announced new reporting lines for the units responsible for the university’s community engagement efforts. Read more  
March 29, 2018

Presentation to the College of Sciences Advancement Council

President Eighmy's presentation to the College of Sciences Advancement Council on March 29, 2018. Read more  
March 23, 2018

Inauguration news coverage

Special news coverage of the UTSA Presidential Inauguration which took place on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Read more  
March 21, 2018

Interim Vice Presidents for Student Success and Strategic Enrollment

In an email to the campus community, President Eighmy noted the prioritization of UTSA’s efforts around student success and strategic enrollment by naming two new interim vice presidents to serve on his senior leadership team. Rhonda M. Gonzales will serve as Interim Vice President for Student Success, and Lisa G. Blazer as Interim Vice President for Strategic Enrollment. Read more  
March 20, 2018

UTSA Presidential Inauguration 2018

Watch a special recording of the UTSA Presidential Inauguration which took place on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Read more  
March 6, 2018

President Eighmy maps out his vision for the school and the city

Taylor Eighmy, For the San Antonio Express News
As San Antonio celebrates its Tricentennial in 2018 and the University of Texas at San Antonio marks its Semicentennial in 2019, our community has a unique opportunity to reflect on its past while also envisioning its future. Read more  
March 5, 2018

Striving for a new state of being: Thoughts on UTSA's faculty/staff diversity survey

The results of last fall’s faculty/staff diversity and inclusion survey are now available, and I encourage you to take some time out of your busy day to give the report a read. The data have much to tell us about UTSA’s current climate for underrepresented groups on our campus. Read more  
February 21, 2018

Testimony for the Committee on Higher Education Formula Funding

President Eighmy's testimony before the Texas State Legislature's Joint Interim Committee on Higher Education Formula Funding emphasized the importance of state funding for growing research institutions like UTSA. Read more  
February 20, 2018

Preventing Sexual Misconduct/Department of Title IX Services

Over the past several years, a number of systemic issues of sexual misconduct on university campuses have come to light. My position on this issue is straightforward and unyielding: sexual misconduct of any kind is unacceptable, and we must adopt a community ethos of zero tolerance. Read more  
February 15, 2018

UTSA's Tuition and Fees Proposal

A message to UTSA students, staff and faculty regarding the tuition proposal President Eighmy will bring forward to the U.T. System Board of Regents. Read more  
February 12, 2018

Making the UTSA downtown campus the westside gateway

Rivard Report
It’s taken the vision of a newcomer – Eighmy – to turn a pipe dream into the first real plan for transformation in this long-neglected sector of downtown. For years now, San Antonio’s civic and business leaders have said great cities have great downtowns. Read more  
February 8, 2018

UTSA downtown expansion could add 10,000 students to San Antonio's urban core

Rivard Report
University of Texas at San Antonio President Taylor Eighmy says it is time for ambitious changes at the university’s downtown campus. He wants to triple enrollment downtown over the next 10 years. Read more  
February 1, 2018

Racing to Reaccreditation

UTSA will undergo a Reaffirmation of Accreditation review from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in 2019-2020. This review happens once every 10 years, and it is a very big deal. Read more  
February 1, 2018

UTSA expansion would bring more research downtown

San Antonio Business Journal
San Antonio’s urban core is expected to become a more prominent center for research if UTSA President Taylor Eighmy fulfills his vision for a greatly expanded downtown campus. Read more  
February 1, 2018

Town hall series on presidential initiatives

A series of town hall meetings have been announced, that will give the campus community an opportunity to learn more about the progress of three Presidential Initiatives. Read more  
February 1, 2018

Tacos With Taylor

President Eighmy would like to get to know more UTSA faculty and staff by inviting them to casual meet and greets that are scheduled throughout the spring semester. Read more  
February 1, 2018

Pizza With the Prez

President Eighmy would like to get to know more UTSA students by inviting them to casual meet and greets that are scheduled throughout the spring semester. Read more  
January 24, 2018

New Diversity Groups & Initiatives

Over the last several weeks, it became apparent to me that we need a path forward to talk with one another about the sensitive—and often difficult—issues sounding inclusion, diversity and freedom of expression. Read more  
January 22, 2018

Welcoming Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to UTSA

Join us for a special appearance by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Thursday, January 25, 2018. Read more  
December 13, 2017

Presentation to the College of Liberal and Fine Arts

President Eighmy's "Community Conversation 1.0" presentation with the College of Liberal and Fine Arts on December 13, 2018. Read more  
November 16, 2017

Presentation to the UTSA Staff Council

President Eighmy's "Campus Conversation 1.0" presentation with the UTSA Staff Council on November 16, 2017. Read more  
November 16, 2017

Presentation to the UTSA Student Government Association

President Eighmy's "Campus Conversation 1.0" presentation with the UTSA Student Government Association on November 16, 2017. Read more  
November 10, 2017

Presentation to the College of Business

President Eighmy's "Campus Conversation 1.0" presentation with the College of Business on November 10, 2017. Read more  
October 12, 2017

Presentation to the Faculty Senate

President Eighmy's "Campus Conversation 1.0" presentation with the Faculty Senate on October 12, 2017. Read more