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UTSA celebrates leadership as they ring in the new academic year

In a week filled with the excitement of welcoming another strong freshmen class for the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), administrators celebrated the work of outgoing interim President Dr. Pedro Reyes and welcomed their new President, Dr. Taylor Eighmy. The Chamber was honored to co-host a reception last week, along with UTSA, to recognize the many accomplishments UTSA has seen over the past year.

While in the process of searching for a new leader after the retirement of Dr. Ricardo Romo, Dr. Reyes served UTSA as interim President leading the university through one of the more challenging legislative sessions in recent memory.  Fighting against proposed cuts to funding that would have potentially shut down programs like the PREP Engineering program and Institute of Texan Cultures, Dr. Reyes led the university in ensuring that funding remained at current levels securing the continuation of key programs at UTSA.  Additionally, during Dr. Reyes’ tenure at UTSA, he was able to celebrate the groundbreaking of the university’s new science and engineering building which will be funded in large part with tuition revenue bonds that were supported by the Chamber during the 84th Texas Legislative Session.

During last week’s celebration, Chamber Chairman of the Board and University of Texas System Regent Rad Weaver remarked on the community’s appreciation of Dr. Reyes’ leadership this year.  “There can be no doubt that UTSA plays a critical role in the economic success of our San Antonio community which is why we are thankful for the steady leadership Dr. Reyes’ exhibited this last year as the interim President,” said Weaver. Guests were also able to hear from student leaders and university administration giving thanks to Dr. Reyes’ service this last year.

Chamber members and UTSA supporters were also proud to meet with the newly confirmed UTSA President, Dr. Eighmy. Coming from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville where he served as vice chancellor for research and engagement, Dr. Eigmy will officially begin his new role Sept. 1.  However, he has already hit the ground running, meeting with key San Antonio leaders this week.  At a small welcome reception hosted by several UTSA supporters, Dr. Eighmy remarked on his focus on the downtown campus and increasing partnerships in the STEM areas like the most recently announced partnership with CAST Tech High School in San Antonio ISD. Dr. Eighmy also remarked on the importance business plays in the success of any university and called upon guests to continue to support and work with the university on innovative ways they can train students to be prepared for the workforce needs of not just San Antonio but the country.

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