Office of the President

Message from the President

Jun 19, 2022

UTSA and Southwest School of Art Update

We hope your summer is off to a terrific start! We are delighted to share news of our progress with the Southwest School of Art, including community art classes, the new art school, director search, and more. Read more  
May 31, 2022

An update on our Public Health Task Force

I’m writing today to share that, after careful consideration, we will disband the Task Force and move to a new, shared governance structure to guide UTSA’s future pandemic-related protocols and procedures. The Task Force’s incredible expertise will always remain available to us should new situations arise. Read more  
May 19, 2022

UTSA achieves National Research Fund eligibility

It is with great pride and excitement that we share UTSA has met the State of Texas’ eligibility criteria to participate in the National Research University Fund Read more  
May 6, 2022

UTSA and Southwest School of Art Update

The end of the academic semester is upon us, and with it, the usual din of final projects, exams and celebrations. We have much to celebrate this spring, and we are pleased to recognize this exciting time with our friends and partners at the Southwest School of Art. Read more  
May 6, 2022

Strategic Plan Refresh Update

I write to share current plans and an updated timeline for refreshing UTSA’s strategic plan, initially mentioned in my February 17 email to you. Read more  
Apr 27, 2022

Announcement and congratulations to Dr. Bernard Arulanandam

It is with great pride that I share Tufts University today announced the selection of Bernard Arulanandam, UTSA Vice President of Research, Economic Development and Knowledge Enterprise (REDKE), as Vice Provost for Research. Read more  
Apr 27, 2022

Strategic Compensation Plan Updates

Last August, we announced a strategic compensation plan to recognize and invest in our outstanding faculty, staff and student employees. The results of our campus climate survey identified compensation as a key area of needed focus, and we made this a top priority for fiscal year 2022. Read more  
Apr 4, 2022

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and an opportune time to reaffirm UTSA's zero-tolerance environment for sexual violence. Read more  
Mar 31, 2022

UTSA and Southwest School of Art Update

With San Antonio’s beloved Fiesta recommencing this weekend, an update on the significant progress of the merger of the Southwest School of Art (SSA) with UTSA is particularly timely. Over the last few months, we have made significant progress in the practical matters of combining our great institutions. Read more  
Feb 23, 2022

Spring 2022 Update: How far we’ve come, and some big things ahead

Although we are well into the new year, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on last year—to share my perspective and gratitude—and look at the exciting things ahead for UTSA. Read more  
Feb 17, 2022

How far we’ve come, and some big things ahead

With the spring semester well underway, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on last year—to share my perspective and gratitude—and look at the exciting things on UTSA’s horizon. Read more  
Feb 2, 2022

Updates on Southwest School of Art initiatives

Last fall, we announced a new partnership with the Southwest School of Art (SSA), combining their programs into an expanded new school in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts (COLFA). We'd like to update you on the progress we've made to bring this partnership to fruition. Read more  
Jan 28, 2022

Return to regular campus operations and in-person classes Feb. 7

As we continue monitoring local COVID-19 trends, we are eagerly anticipating the return to in-person learning and our many spring semester traditions and experiences. Based on current projections, we will return to regular campus operations on Monday, February 7 as planned. On that day, classes will commence meeting in the teaching modalities originally planned for this semester. Read more  
Jan 6, 2022

Announcing modified spring 2022 semester operations

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge locally, and we continue preparing for the upcoming semester, we wanted to update you on short-term adjustments we will be making to keep our Roadrunner community safe. Read more  
Dec 31, 2021

Faculty, staff to conduct remote operations from January 3-17

The recent surge in COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant amplifies the need to ensure we continue to keep our Roadrunner community safe. Read more  
Dec 16, 2021

UTSA attains prestigious Carnegie R1 Classification

It is with great pride and excitement that I share UTSA is now recognized as a Carnegie R1 university, the nation’s most prestigious research designation. Read more  
Dec 9, 2021

COVID Omicron Updates

As you know, Omicron—the latest COVID-19 variant—is currently spreading across the country and the first cases are now being reported in Texas. Based on the latest information, it is still too soon to tell how Omicron compares to other variants in terms of transmissibility and infectiousness. Read more  
Dec 9, 2021

UTSA’s momentum continues – a special announcement

We are excited to share another historic moment for The University of Texas at San Antonio. University supporters Margie and Bill Klesse have committed a transformational $20 million gift to the College of Engineering and Integrated Design, creating new endowments for scholarships, opportunities for faculty and programs to promote student success. Read more  
Dec 6, 2021

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl – Go Runners!

This year, our football team has given us much to celebrate. For the first time in our university’s history, our team earned national rankings and won the Conference USA Championship — tremendous accomplishments and historic markers for our Division I athletics program and university. Read more  
Nov 15, 2021

COVID Update

Over the last 20 months we have closely monitored the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the UTSA community, asking all of you to Do Your Part to help minimize the spread of the virus. Read more  
Nov 11, 2021

A message to our Roadrunner veterans

We are so fortunate to have a large military-affiliated community at UTSA—over 1,500 students and 300 faculty/staff strong—and I am continually mindful of the sacrifices you have made on behalf of our country. But on this day, your day, I want you to know how honored I am to count you among our faculty and staff veterans at UTSA. Read more  
Sep 8, 2021

Resuming in-person classes September 13th

On August 11 we announced adjustments to the beginning of UTSA’s fall semester, shifting most face-to-face instruction to online delivery for the first three weeks. This was done primarily to manage the recent COVID-19 Delta variant surge here in San Antonio, balancing an open campus with a mix of course and work modalities to optimize learning, teaching and research while protecting the health of our community.   Read more  
Sep 7, 2021

Update on exploring our traditions

On August 9th I wrote to you about my intention to launch a task force to embark on a thoughtful, contextual examination of UTSA’s six-year-old tradition of using the Come and Take It phrase and flag as a rallying cry at home football games. I would like to follow up with you about this matter. Read more  
Aug 23, 2021

Welcome to the start of a new academic year!

The first day of the semester is always exciting. While we have some temporary adjustments in place for the beginning of our school year, I hope you are eager for a fresh start this semester and looking forward to the many traditional UTSA experiences we all know and love! Read more  
Aug 11, 2021

Announcing modified fall 2021 semester operations

Since the very beginning of the pandemic, we committed to put the health and safety of our entire campus community first. Over the last year and half, we have learned a lot about managing life under the pandemic and the importance of masking, personal hygiene, vaccinations, contact tracing and quarantining. Our approach to planning for the fall semester involved balancing an open campus with a mix of course and work modalities to optimize learning, teaching and research while keeping our community healthy. Read more