As we begin the new calendar year, I find myself reflecting on UTSA’s success and the impact we are having as we build a Tier One university.
We recently hosted the UT System Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee meeting including Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa; Gene Powell, UT System Board of Regents chairman and San Antonio business leader; and Scott Caven Jr., chairman of the Chancellor’s Council.
With this group of more than 250 Texas leaders and supporters on campus, we were able to tell them about research that is fostering our climb to premier status. Last year, we recruited top faculty and focused on expanding our strongest research programs in health, cyber security, energy, sustainability and human development. This growth greatly increases all that UTSA has to offer.
Another example of something I am particularly proud of is UTSA’s partnership with the mayor’s office in Café College, a one-stop resource center that provides prospective students and their families with information on admissions, financial aid and general advice on attending college. UTSA continues to open doors to opportunity, which strengthens our community.
As part of the SA2020 initiative, a Jan. 28 workshop at UTSA marks our third year of training volunteers to assist at Student Aid Saturdays, a Café College program conducted across the city. SA2020 is the community-wide effort to transform San Antonio over 10 years into one of the nation’s great cities through programs enhancing education, arts and culture, economic competitiveness, transportation, growth management, health and environmental sustainability.
Since its founding in 1969, the UTSA philosophy has been that San Antonio deserves access to excellence and exceptional opportunities. Partnership with SA2020 works in tandem with this philosophy and UTSA’s efforts toward Tier One research status. Encouraging students to take the next big step in their lives through educational opportunities will help transform UTSA into a premier research university and San Antonio into an even greater city.
I am extremely grateful to UTSA faculty and staff members and the friends of the university for your participation in these partnerships that will help build a better community and better world through higher education.
The University of Texas at San Antonio