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UTSA Welcomes New President

By Carolina Canizales

Dr. Taylor Eighmy - UTSA's Sixth President

Dr. Taylor Eighmy - UTSA's Sixth President

The community services division at UTSA welcomes President Taylor Eighmy this new academic year. President Eighmy was the sole finalist for the university’s presidency, and was unanimously elected by the University of Texas System Board of Regents last June.

Eighmy comes to UTSA from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville where he created formidable partnerships in the public-private sector in his role as vice chancellor for research and engagement. In 2015, he was the principal investigator for a $259 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to support the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation. The work at the Institute resulted in national and regional economic development and technological innovations around advanced manufacturing.

Prior to his role at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Eighmy served as chief research officer at Texas Tech University and the University of New Hampshire. Eighmy obtained his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and his M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire, and his B.S. is in Biology from Tufts University.

While Eighmy is committed to making UTSA a world-class research university, he also recognizes the importance of civic engagement and the role UTSA plays in the San Antonio community. Under his leadership, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville was designated a Carnegie community engaged university. This achievement compliments UTSA’s Carnegie Community Engagement Classification in 2015, a designation recognizing the university’s dynamic and noteworthy community efforts.

Eighmy is passionate about shaping UTSA’s future as a great urban university and Hispan¬ic-serving institution. As an advocate for experiential learning, strategic government collabora-tions and public-private partner¬ships, Eighmy is well-prepared to bring UTSA to the next level of community engagement.