Welcome to The University of Texas System, the nation’s premier public system of higher education. Established by the Texas Constitution in 1876, the UT System now consists of eight universities and six health institutions serving more than 214,000 students. We are also establishing two new medical schools at academic institutions – the Dell Medical School at UT Austin and a School of Medicine at our newest university, UT Rio Grande Valley.
As one of the largest university systems in the United States, we confer more than one-third of Texas’ undergraduate degrees each year and educate two-thirds of the state’s health care professionals. The groundbreaking research and discoveries by our faculty and students reverberate around the globe, and the teaching and learning that occur in classrooms across our campuses are second to none.
After a 37-year career serving in the U.S. Navy, I am incredibly honored to lead the UT System as chancellor. I have witnessed firsthand all over the world that education has the power to change lives and change the world. It diminishes bigotry, hatred, ignorance and poverty and it perpetuates hope, fairness, open-mindedness and prosperity. It advances society and expands our horizons.
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August 22, 2016
This week marks the 93rd anniversary of an important, if somewhat obscure, milestone in UT System history. On August 24, 1923, the first royalty payment was made to the Permanent University Fund after the Santa Rita No. 1 well struck oil. Santa Rita sat on West Texas land set aside, way back in 1876, by the Texas Constitution to support the University of Texas and Texas A&M systems of higher education.