(March 20, 2018) -- Taylor Eighmy will be formally inducted as the sixth president of The University of Texas at San Antonio during an inauguration ceremony this afternoon in the Convocation Center on the UTSA Main Campus. The university community is encouraged to attend this special event. A webcast of the inauguration is also available.
Inauguration festivities will begin today at 2:30 p.m. with a prelude and processional. The inauguration ceremony will feature the Spirit of San Antonio marching band as well as UTSA student music and dance performances.
A series of speakers will join President Eighmy at today’s event. Jaciel Castro, the UT System’s Student Regent, will welcome guests and serve as the event’s Master of Ceremonies. City Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales, who represents District 5, where the Downtown Campus is located, will offer President Eighmy congratulations on behalf of the City of San Antonio. UTSA Student Government Association President Marcus Thomas will offer opening remarks. UT System Chancellor William H. McRaven will deliver special remarks. Following the ceremony, all attendees are invited to a reception on the Convocation Center Plaza.
Notably, Carmen Tafolla, a professor in the UTSA Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies and 2015-2016 Texas Poet Laureate, will read Estrellas of Possibility, the poem she wrote for the Presidential Inauguration. Her poem celebrates Eighmy’s vision to make UTSA a flourishing community that drives prosperity.
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. In those roles, he 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.
To celebrate President Eighmy’s inauguration, UTSA students, faculty and staff will participate in UTSA's Day of Service on Saturday, March 24. In honor of President Eighmy's vision of UTSA as an urban serving university, the day will provide 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 will continue throughout the day.
As part of UTSA’s Department of Anthropology Lecture Series, primatologist Michelle Bezanson of Santa Clara University will speak on difficulties for primate research because so many species are endangered and the narrow window of opportunity to make a difference in conservation. The event will be free and open to the public.Student Union, Pecan Room (SU 2.01.26), Main Campus
Admission is free to all Alumni Association members. Nonmember adult admission is $20; children 16 and under are free. Anyone who wants to get rowdy is welcome! Giveaways, music, UTSA Cheer & Rowdy, Pep Band and more!Alamodome Lot C, 100 Montana St., San Antonio
The Roadrunners celebrate homecoming, facing in-state rival Rice Owls.Alamodome, 100 Montana St., San Antonio
The UTSA faculty, staff, and students are invited to this free event to learn about the importance of wellbeing, early detection, health maintenance, stress reduction, and staying fit!Student Union, Paseo Principal, Main Campus
Representatives from schools across the state and country will be on hand to meet with prospective students and discuss admissions requirements, funding opportunities and details regarding program offerings. Each of UTSA’s colleges will have representatives available.Student Union, Main Campus
Antonio Petrov, founder of the Urban Future Lab at UTSA, will discuss how the future of mobility can transform the city as an invited panelist in this San Antonio Startup Week discussion. Admission is free and open to the public.Frost Tower, 1st Floor, 111 W. Houston St., San Antonio
Documentary featuring testimonials from the athletes at the center of the story. For over two decades, Dr. Larry Nassar sexually abused countless female athletes as a physician for the U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics team and Michigan State University. Now it’s his victims turn to speak. The film contains details of sexual abuse some may find disturbing. Sensitive viewers be advised.Student Union, Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus