On September 24 I gave my annual State of the University address and I wanted to take a moment to share with you some of what I told our students, faculty and staff.
This has been a remarkable year for UTSA in so many ways.
In the past academic year, we awarded degrees to one of our largest classes ever – more than 5,800 students. Within the next 12 months, the 100,000th UTSA graduate will walk the stage to receive their degree.
This fall, nearly 65 percent of our entering freshmen ranked among the top quartile of their high school classes, the highest we’ve ever admitted. At the same time, our student diversity is also at its greatest level.
More than 60 new world-class faculty members have joined UTSA from China, Italy, Germany, Canada, Spain and Switzerland, and from all across the United States.
On our campuses, you see progress everywhere, from the construction of new buildings to the discovery of new scientific breakthroughs in our labs.
We have created 13 new endowed professorships and chairs because of the generosity of our community and a matching $5 million grant from H-E-B. We now have 60 committed endowments, significantly enhancing our ability to attract top faculty to UTSA.
This past spring, our first-ever capital campaign, We Are UTSA—A Top-Tier Campaign, surpassed its $120 million goal nearly two years early. So we are doing more, committing to raising an additional $55 million by 2015. These dollars will go to faculty research, graduate students and top undergraduate talent, and to new athletics facilities.
This would not be possible without the incredible support we receive from the community. We depend on generous supporters like you to keep UTSA moving toward Tier One status. Every gift, big or small, has a real impact on our ability to provide students with opportunities for excellence.
I’m excited to update our UTSA community tomorrow on our progress. I’m just as excited about what the new academic year will bring for our students, faculty and staff, and for our city. Together, we are making a difference. Thank you for all you do to support UTSA.
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