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President’s Letter

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, support.

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 current students.

Rod Mabry

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