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Inauguration of UTSA President Taylor Eighmy is March 20

Inauguration of UTSA President Taylor Eighmy is March 20

UTSA President Taylor Eighmy

(Feb. 22, 2018) – Next month, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will hold a special event to officially recognize the selection of its sixth president. The San Antonio community is invited to the inauguration of UTSA President Taylor Eighmy on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at the Convocation Center on the UTSA Main Campus.

The festivities will begin at 2:30 p.m. with a prelude and processional. A 3 p.m. ceremony will feature the Spirit of San Antonio marching band, UTSA student music and dance performances and an original poem by Carmen Tafolla, professor in the UTSA Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies and the 2015 Texas Poet Laureate. Guests will also hear remarks from San Antonio City Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales, UTSA Student Government Association President Marcus Thomas and University of Texas System Chancellor William H. McRaven. Following the ceremony, all attendees are invited to a reception on the Convocation Center Plaza.

The celebration continues on Saturday, March 24 during a new tradition, UTSA's Day of Service. In honor of President Eighmy's vision of UTSA as an urban serving university, this day provides an opportunity for the university to give back to San Antonio. The Day of Service kicks off at 8:30 a.m. in Bill Miller Plaza at the UTSA Downtown Campus. Service projects benefitting a variety of community partners begin at 9:30 a.m.

Eighmy began his service as the sixth president of UTSA on September 1, 2017 after serving as the chief research officer at the University of New Hampshire, Texas Tech University and, more recently, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has developed a strong track record of advancing urban serving research institutions through strategic government collaborations, public-private partnerships and community engagement.

Shortly after beginning his role as UTSA President, Eighmy unveiled a long-term strategy to make UTSA San Antonio’s university of the future and to help it earn National Research University Fund (NRUF) eligibility and R1 (highest research activity) classification from the Carnegie Commission. The vision leverages UTSA’s strengths as a great multicultural discovery enterprise, an exemplary urban serving university of the future, a world-engaged institution, a university that fosters exceptional student experiences, and an institution with exceptional people and operational and infrastructure excellence.

- Courtney Clevenger

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