Big Dreams for UTSA
One short year ago I began my presidency at UTSA. All the promise and potential I saw from afar in this university has only become more palpable as I’ve gotten to know our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and many loyal supporters. The Roadrunner Nation is a powerful force!
All the impactful and compelling stories in this issue of Sombrilla Magazine speak to that force. In particular I note the passing of our dear friend Tom Frost. He was an immense advocate for UTSA.
I really do have the best job. Every day I get to work with many colleagues to envision where UTSA is headed and how we can make an even bigger impact on our city, state, nation, and the world. When I look ahead I see a UTSA with multiple campuses, more faculty, a larger graduate student population, and a research enterprise among the best in Texas.
Last fall we launched a strategic planning effort that sets some aggressive goals to bring UTSA to new levels of excellence in 10 years. Based on input from our many internal and external stakeholders, we’ve set our sights on two primary destinations.
First, UTSA will be a model for student success. UTSA has seen dramatic increases in student retention and graduation rates over the past decade, and we’re continuing the positive trajectory by actively cultivating an environment focused on their success.
Second, UTSA will be a great public research university. A new initiative launched this fall puts UTSA on the fast track to attaining the nation’s highest research classifications, further solidifying our role as a magnet for economic development in San Antonio.
Realizing UTSA’s full potential as a university means opening our doors wider to serve more students. One of our major endeavors this year will be to create a campus master plan to ensure our infrastructure keeps pace with our growth. The plan will shape not only the university’s physical presence but also our integration with the city of San Antonio.
I regularly remind our students to dream big for themselves. As part of the Roadrunner Nation, join me in dreaming big for UTSA.