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Rising to New Heights

Through transformational growth and community support, UTSA is on a trajectory to a very bright future

“Dream no small dreams,” Taylor Eighmy said in his inaugural address as UTSA’s sixth president. His big dreams have resulted in significant achievements in the university’s key areas of focus: student success, research excellence and strategic growth. On this five-year anniversary of his time at UTSA, Sombrilla Magazine looks at how Eighmy harnessed the trust, support and enthusiasm of the San Antonio community to pave the way for lasting greatness for the institution.

Taylor Eighmy speaks at his inauguration while wearing academic regalia.
September 2017
Taylor Eighmy begins his tenure as UTSA president.
A colorful X-ray illustration of a person's brain activity
September 2017
UTSA’s Brain Health Consortium is created, assembling leading brain health researchers to develop groundbreaking approaches for treating brain diseases and injuries.
UTSA graduates celebrate as orange and blue streamers fall from the rafters.
October 2017
Eighmy unveils a 10-year strategic plan based on student success, research excellence and strategic growth.
January 2018
The UTSA Dreamers Resource Center opens to support DACA students.
April 2018
The future of the Downtown Campus is charted in a presidential initiative, advancing UTSA's urban-serving mission.
August 2018
The Presidential Initiative on Research Excellence is unveiled, propelling UTSA’s Tier One efforts.
September 2018
Business leader Graham Weston donates $15 million to UTSA's downtown expansion; UT System Regents fund $70 million.
October 2018
The Classroom to Career Initiative launches and expands students’ hands-on learning opportunities.
UTSA Office of Inclusive Excellence logo
January 2019
The Office of Inclusive Excellence is established with programs to promote a diverse and welcoming campus.
Elementary school students raise their hands while sitting at their desks.
January 2019
The UTSA Urban Education Institute is formed as a catalyst for school district partnerships, serving students in need.
A UTSA demography professor calls on a student who's raising her hand.
January 2019
The Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative is created to bolster faculty diversity and expertise.
February 2019
A comprehensive initiative to prevent sexual assault and misconduct is launched.
May 2019
The Texas House of Representatives introduces a resolution recognizing UTSA for its role as a national leader in cybersecurity education, research and training.
Taylor Eighmy addresses the large crowd at UTSA's 50th Anniversary Gala.
June 2019
UTSA celebrates its 50th anniversary.
An exterior photo of the UTSA Westside Community Center
September 2019
The Westside Community Center opens; the Westside Community Partnerships Initiative is launched to support educational, economic and cultural programs.
People crafted from balsa wood wear graduation regalia
September 2019
The Bexar County Fostering Educational Success Pilot Project is established to support resources for youth with a history of foster care.
Lisa Campos, Brenda Tracy and LT Robinson pose for a photo while wearing shirts reading "Set the Expectation."
September 2019
UTSA is the first university in the nation to implement the Tracy Rule and model the NCAA’s most comprehensive serious misconduct rule.
Doug Frantz and a female student analyze a drawing of a chemical structure in a laboratory.
October 2019
UTSA co-creates the San Antonio Partnership for Precision Therapeutics to explore solutions in personalized medicine.
A smiling peer mentor from the UTSA College for Health, Community and Policy
October 2019
The UTSA College for Health, Community and Policy is established to advance studies in human health and community well-being.
A user selects Adobe Creative Cloud from a dropdown menu on a tablet screen.
November 2019
UTSA becomes an Adobe Creative Campus, giving students, faculty and staff full access to the Creative Cloud suite.
Taylor Eighmy speaks behind a podium at an event launching the Bold Promise program.
December 2019
UTSA launches Bold Promise, a groundbreaking program that covers 100% of tuition and fees for undergraduates in need.
A nighttime photo of the San Antonio skyline
January 2020
The university partners in the R&D League with the City of San Antonio, SwRI and USAA to address local research needs.
A student chats with his peers virtually on his laptop.
March 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UTSA implements a comprehensive effort innovating a remote learning structure.
CyManII logo
May 2020
The U.S. Department of Energy selects UTSA to lead the $111 million Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CyManII).
A nighttime exterior photo of the Science and Engineering Building
August 2020
The Science and Engineering Building opens with cutting-edge labs, classrooms and collaborative spaces.
Three UTSA graduates pose for a photo during the Commencement ceremony.
August 2020
UTSA achieves record enrollment with nearly 35,000 students, and for the first time in history, awards more than 7,400 degrees in an academic year.
A UTSA student approaches a worker at the front desk of the Student Success Center.
September 2020
The Academic Success District opens as a centralized environment for student success resources.
Harvey Najim gives a lecture to business students at UTSA.
September 2020
Local philanthropist Harvey E. Najim donates $3 million to establish the Najim Innovation and Career Advancement Center at UTSA.
Seal of Excelencia logo
October 2020
UTSA earns the prestigious Seal of Excelencia for its commitment and ability to accelerate Latino student success.
Aerial photo of the UTSA Main Campus
October 2020
The university conducts its first comprehensive Faculty and Staff Campus Climate Survey, kicking off a multi-year effort to make UTSA a great place to work.
Carlos Alvarez talks with three UTSA students.
March 2021
Carlos and Malú Alvarez give a transformational $20 million for College of Business endowed faculty positions and undergraduate research.
A female doctor in scrubs shakes hands with a man holding a laptop.
April 2021
UT Health San Antonio and UTSA develop a new health care partnership to leverage their combined capabilities, resources and expertise.
MacKenzie Scott
June 2021
UTSA receives a $40 million gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott inspired by the university’s efforts to advance Latino student success.
A nighttime exterior photo of the Institute of Texan Cultures with a light show being projected on the building's facade.
June 2021
The university engages with the community for the launch of the Institute of Texan Cultures Centennial 2068 visioning process.
A student walks through the courtyard of Guadalupe Hall.
August 2021
Guadalupe Hall opens to serve a growing freshman population's need for campus housing.
Vistiors gaze at the football team's new locker room in the Roadrunner Athletics Center of Excellence.
August 2021
The Roadrunner Athletics Center of Excellence opens, supporting student-athletes’ academic, health and wellness success.
A UTSA student smiles as he shows off his group's engineering project at the Tech Symposium.
September 2021
The College of Engineering and Integrated Design is launched to promote collaboration among students and faculty in engineering and architecture disciplines.
The American Athletic Conference logo
October 2021
As its national stature rises, UTSA announces it will jump to the American Athletic Conference in 2023.
Bill and Margie Klesse
December 2021
Margie and Bill Klesse make a $20 million gift for UTSA College of Engineering and Integrated Design student scholarships and faculty endowments.
UTSA football players and Rowdy run through smoke and flames onto the Alamodome field as fans cheer in the background.
December 2021
Roadrunners Football captures its first Conference USA championship.
December 2021
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges grants UTSA reaffirmation of accreditation until 2030.
Several UTSA leaders pose for a photo with large letters spelling "R1."
February 2022
UTSA earns the Carnegie R1 Classification, adding the university to the nation’s top 4% of research institutions.
Taylor Eighmy and other university presidents pose for a photo at an event launching the HSRU.
June 2022
UTSA becomes a founding member of the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Research Universities, advancing opportunities for Latino students and faculty.
The UT Health San Antonio and UTSA logos
June 2022
UTSA and UT Health San Antonio establish the joint University of Texas School of Public Health San Antonio.
A woman paints a still life portrait of desserts in dishes.
July 2022
UTSA and the Southwest School of Art finalize their integration, propelling high-quality arts education in B.F.A. and community programs.
Three UTSA employees smiling as they pose for a photo
August 2022
Forbes names UTSA a top employer in Texas, landing the No. 5 spot out of the state’s 100 best employers.
Jenny Hsieh speaks behind a podium at an event launching the "Be Bold" campaign.
October 2022
Be Bold: A Campaign for Our Future launches with a $500 million fundraising goal.
A rendering of the upcoming San Pedro II facility
November 2022
The UT System Board of Regents approves the new Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Careers building (San Pedro II), UTSA’s next phase of downtown development.
Several UTSA soccer players hug in celebration after scoring a goal.
November 2022
UTSA Soccer captures its first Conference USA title.
Jeff Traylor, Taylor Eighmy and Lisa Campos cheer as Frank Harris holds up the trophy.
December 2022
Roadrunners Football scores a second consecutive Conference USA championship.
January 2023
U.S. News and World Report places UTSA Online in the top quarter of all online bachelor’s degree programs, making a dramatic jump from No. 246 in 2021 to No. 85 in 2023.
The San Antonio skyline with the new San Pedro I building in the foreground
January 2023
UTSA opens San Pedro I, home to its National Security Collaboration Center and new School of Data Science, growing the city’s downtown tech corridor.
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