A Collection of Recent Chancellor Speeches
Let me start by saying that it’s always great to be back in Dallas. I feel like this is my second home. It’s hard to overstate how important this city, and really all of North Texas, is to me, both personally and professionally. This is the only metropolitan area with three UT System institutions, all of them crown jewels in their own right – UT Southwestern Medical Center, UT Arlington, and of course UT Dallas. And I married a Dallas girl, so the city has always had a special place in my heart.
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.
Let me start by thanking Guy Bailey for that kind introduction – and even more so, I want to thank and congratulate him and his team for taking on the herculean task of launching a new university, and for completing an absolutely phenomenal first year.
It is always great to be here in the Rio Grande Valley, one of my favorite places in the world.
Thank you very much John.
I am truly honored to receive this award tonight. More importantly, I’m hoping this gala goes a long way toward helping the children of the fallen CIA officers. It is not only a noble cause; a cause for which we should all be thankful that we can contribute, but with the world in such chaos, it is essential that we recognize the future will be no less secure for those in harm’s way. We must continue to provide for those who need it the most. I thank all of you for your support to this incredible cause.
I appreciate the opportunity to be here today, to help honor and celebrate the phenomenal contribution UTIMCO has made to our state over the last 20 years.
I want to congratulate, and thank, Bruce and his team, as well as all the investment partners here with us today.
I would be remiss not to also recognize all the UTIMCO Board Members, past and present, who are with us today – whose vision and leadership have been instrumental.
I want to thank TASA for inviting me to be here and to share some thoughts with you – and, to all of you who have traveled here from all over the state, welcome to Austin.
Let me just ask, how many of you graduated from a UT institution?
I know I speak for everyone associated with the UT System when I say we are tremendously proud that so many school districts around the state have UT Alumni