UT Tyler Office of News and Information
UT Tyler Remembers Second President George F. Hamm
October 10, 2010
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The University of Texas at Tyler fondly remembers Dr. George F. Hamm’s contributions not only to the institution but also to the East Texas region, President Rodney H. Mabry announced.
Hamm, UT Tyler’s second president, died Oct. 10 in Tyler. He led UT Tyler from 1981 to 1998.
“President Hamm influenced the university and the community in such important ways. Among his major achievements were such things as getting permission for downward expansion and building the wonderful R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center. He was a major force in the development of the university, and students, faculty and staff will be forever in his debt,” said Mabry, who took office following Hamm’s retirement in June 1998.
During Hamm’s tenure as president, legislation was passed to transition UT Tyler from an upper-level university serving juniors, seniors and graduate students to a comprehensive four-year university enrolling its first freshman class in August 1998.
Since that time, UT Tyler has grown significantly. Enrolling more than 6,400 high-ability students, the university offers the East Texas region academic programs and facilities that are recognized across the state.
The R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center includes the 2,000-seat Vaughn Auditorium, a more intimate 161-seat Braithwaite Recital Hall and the Meadows Art Gallery.
The facility is known for attracting touring Broadway musicals and internationally-known speakers and performers to East Texas, such as Lyle Lovett, Bill Cosby, Israeli President Shimon Peres, St. Petersburg Ballet, Nobel Laureate and Cost Rican President Oscar Arias, Broadway musicals “Cats” and “The Color Purple” and United States Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.
One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,400 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.