(July 2, 2018) -- The Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU), an organization committed to increasing prosperity and opportunity through city-university engagement, has elected UTSA President Taylor Eighmy to its board of directors.
“We are delighted that Dr. Eighmy is joining the board,” said Mark B. Rosenberg, chair of the USU board and president of Florida International University. “His seasoned leadership and passion for student success will serve us well.”
Aligning with Dr. Eighmy’s vision for UTSA as an exemplary urban serving university of the future, the university became a member of the coalition in November 2017. The coalition consists of 37 U.S. public research universities located in major metropolitan areas, all of which have committed to actively contribute to the success of their local economies.
President Eighmy first became involved in USU during his time at Texas Tech University where he served as senior vice president for research.
“I believe passionately in the work that USU is doing to foster deep relationships between universities and their cities,” he said. “All urban universities have a responsibility to help solve the grand challenges facing their local communities, and I am delighted to play a leadership role in helping to move this agenda forward on the national level.”
In partnership with the Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU), USU leads the Office of Urban Initiatives.
USU’s work centers on two reinforcing pillars: initiatives working to advance student success through innovation and initiatives aiming to achieve community transformation through partnerships, including joint efforts with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).
“Taylor Eighmy brings vast experience cultivating strong city-university partnerships,” said Shari Garmise, executive director of USU and vice president for urban initiatives at APLU. “In his short time at UTSA, he has already made impressive progress to further integrate the university into San Antonio’s ecosystem. His leadership in this regard will be a tremendous asset to the USU Board.”
Current priorities of the coalition include building smart resilient cities, improving the health of a diverse population, fostering student achievement and 21st century workforce development. Four UTSA faculty members are currently serving two-year appointments on USU working groups associated with these initiatives:
Eighmy’s term on USU’s Board of Directors goes through June 2021.
All UTSA faculty, staff and students are invited to attend open forums featuring finalist candidates for the position of vice provost and dean of the UTSA Graduate School.Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
The second of three in the annual holiday concert series which will feature the Chamber Singers (Santa Baby), Saxophone Ensemble (Sleigh Ride), Jazz Ensemble (Sugar Rum Cherry), Flute Ensemble and more performing holiday favorites. Admission $10.Arts Building Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
The Roadrunners close out the regular season at home against North Texas.Alamodome, 100 Montana St., San Antonio
This event showcases innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines. The symposium is designed to provide a public venue where UTSA senior engineering students to present advances achieved in their design projects.H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104/1.106), Main Campus
Join the Office of Information Technology for the grand opening of the Digital Experience Lab (DEx Lab). The DEx Lab is open to the entire UTSA community and contains innovative learning tools and serves as a virtual reality lab.Applied Engineering and Technology Building (AET 0.202), Main Campus
The College of Education and Human Development’s Mexican American Studies (MAS) program will celebrate its 25thanniversary with a special celebration on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The event is free and open to the public.Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
The students will perform in a showcase of modern, jazz, and ballet dances choreographed by Megan Rulewicz, Randi Miles and Michelle Pietri. Tickets are $10. Parking is free in the Cattleman's Square Lot.Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
The last concert in the annual holiday music series will feature the UTSA Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and University band. Open to the public; admission $10.Arts Building Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus