|President Rodney Mabry (left) visits with Jim Hutto, assistant vice president of enrollment management.
As I reflect on the past 10 years at The
University of Texas at Tyler, I am so
pleased by how much we have grown in
size and quality in a relatively short
amount of time.
We attribute our student growth to our
atmosphere of quality that makes highability
students want to call UT Tyler
home, the exceptional faculty who guide
them through their academic journey,
and friends of the university who
provide much-needed, and muchappreciated,
I am proud that, over this period:
- Enrollment has grown rapidly, doubling
to nearly 6,000, even though
our tough academic standards rival
the best public universities in Texas.
- The Ralph and Mary John Spence
Fountain and Plaza, and the A.W.
and B.J. Riter Carillon Tower and
Plaza – the largest in Texas – are now
available to be enjoyed by all.
- After launching a multimillion dollar
building campaign in 1999, we have
opened a university apartment complex;
Ornelas Residence Hall; the
Braithwaite Building for nursing; the
Herrington Patriot Center which
houses the Lancaster Academic Wing,
new tennis courts, a fitness facility
and the Maytee Fisch Arena; the Bill
Ratliff Engineering and Science
Complex; Robert Irwin Baseball
Field; Perkins/Citizens 1st Bank
Soccer Complex – more than $120
million in construction.
- We have developed sister campuses in
Longview and Palestine where UT
quality educational programs, led by
nursing, are offered to well-prepared
students far beyond Tyler.
n A new NCAA Division III sports
program has been added, featuring 13
men’s and women’s sports that have
already captured 15 conference titles
– and one national title for having the
best athletic service program nationwide
in our division.
- Sponsored research awards now total
more than $7 million, growing some
2,000 percent since 1998.
- Work is underway to roll out UT
Tyler’s first two Ph.D. programs next
year, one in nursing and one in
human resource development.
We’ve made great strides during this
time, while continuing to provide a
quality academic experience for our