February 15, 2017
Last Friday I had the opportunity to participate in one of my favorite annual traditions – the Employee Service Awards, recognizing our UT System colleagues who have reached service milestones ranging from five to forty years. At the top of the seniority list – with four decades of service – was Steve Leslie , our Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. I’m proud that Steve and I, combined, have 42 years of experience in academia!
January 30, 2017
Texas, and indeed the whole world, lost a hero on Saturday when Charles LeMaistre, known universally as “Mickey,” passed away. Mickey was a man whose humble demeanor belied a life of extraordinary achievement. Born in Alabama, he had his sights set on the Naval Academy before an eye injury made him ineligible to attend. While disappointing to Mickey, the injury set him on an alternative path that ultimately saved countless lives.
January 16, 2017
It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day here in the United States, and among other things, that means many of you have the day off from school or work. As you relax and recharge, I hope you’ll also set aside some time to reflect on Dr. King’s life – his words as well as his deeds – and its relevance to your own.
Like most people, I’ve listened to the 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech many times, and in particular, I am always moved by the passage:
December 19, 2016
This weekend Dr. Henry Heimlich, inventor of the Heimlich Maneuver, died at the age of 96. He served in the Navy during WWII and later became a thoracic surgeon in New York City. He developed the life saving method in 1974. Initially there was tremendous skepticism about the maneuver, but in time the procedure became accepted around the world as the safest means for helping someone who was choking.
December 15, 2016
One of my favorite things about the UT System is that with fourteen institutions, we have a whole bunch of “hometowns.” But nowhere are we more enmeshed in the life of a community than in Tyler – and in fact, the entire Northeast Texas region. Just this week, UT Tyler will send a fresh batch of graduates into the world to do great things. And of course, for more than 70 years, UT Health Northeast has been a critically important piece of the region’s medical ecosystem.
Nobody knows their neighbors and their needs better.