The UT System Office of Public Affairs serves as a liaison between the University of Texas System Administration and members of the news media and the general public. The office provides strategic communication, executive communication and news and public information services for the UT System Board of Regents and the UT System executive offices. It works closely with and provides counsel to the 15 UT institution chief public affairs officers. The office also manages web and broadcast communications that build our brand and keep our constituents and communities informed, educated and engaged.
Educating students, providing care for patients, conducting groundbreaking research and serving the needs of Texans and the nation for more than 130 years, the University of Texas System is one of the largest public university systems in the United States, with nine academic universities and six health science centers. Preliminary student enrollment exceeded 215,000 in the 2011 academic year. The UT System confers more than one-third of the state's undergraduate degrees and educates nearly three-fourths of the state's health care professionals annually. The UT System has an annual operating budget of $13.1 billion (FY 2012) including $2.3 billion in sponsored programs funded by federal, state, local and private sources. With roughly 87,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.