“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.
Rising to New Heights
Through transformational growth and community support, UTSA is on a trajectory to a very bright future
UTSA’s Brain Health Consortium is created, assembling leading brain health researchers to develop groundbreaking approaches for treating brain diseases and injuries.
Eighmy unveils a 10-year strategic plan based on student success, research excellence and strategic growth.
The future of the Downtown Campus is charted in a presidential initiative, advancing UTSA's urban-serving mission.
The Presidential Initiative on Research Excellence is unveiled, propelling UTSA’s Tier One efforts.
Business leader Graham Weston donates $15 million to UTSA's downtown expansion; UT System Regents fund $70 million.
The Classroom to Career Initiative launches and expands students’ hands-on learning opportunities.
The Office of Inclusive Excellence is established with programs to promote a diverse and welcoming campus.
The UTSA Urban Education Institute is formed as a catalyst for school district partnerships, serving students in need.
The Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative is created to bolster faculty diversity and expertise.
A comprehensive initiative to prevent sexual assault and misconduct is launched.
The Texas House of Representatives introduces a resolution recognizing UTSA for its role as a national leader in cybersecurity education, research and training.
The Westside Community Center opens; the Westside Community Partnerships Initiative is launched to support educational, economic and cultural programs.
The Bexar County Fostering Educational Success Pilot Project is established to support resources for youth with a history of foster care.
UTSA is the first university in the nation to implement the Tracy Rule and model the NCAA’s most comprehensive serious misconduct rule.
UTSA co-creates the San Antonio Partnership for Precision Therapeutics to explore solutions in personalized medicine.
The UTSA College for Health, Community and Policy is established to advance studies in human health and community well-being.
UTSA becomes an Adobe Creative Campus, giving students, faculty and staff full access to the Creative Cloud suite.
UTSA launches Bold Promise, a groundbreaking program that covers 100% of tuition and fees for undergraduates in need.
The university partners in the R&D League with the City of San Antonio, SwRI and USAA to address local research needs.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UTSA implements a comprehensive effort innovating a remote learning structure.
The U.S. Department of Energy selects UTSA to lead the $111 million Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CyManII).
The Science and Engineering Building opens with cutting-edge labs, classrooms and collaborative spaces.
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.
The Academic Success District opens as a centralized environment for student success resources.
Local philanthropist Harvey E. Najim donates $3 million to establish the Najim Innovation and Career Advancement Center at UTSA.
UTSA earns the prestigious Seal of Excelencia for its commitment and ability to accelerate Latino student success.
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 and Malú Alvarez give a transformational $20 million for College of Business endowed faculty positions and undergraduate research.
UT Health San Antonio and UTSA develop a new health care partnership to leverage their combined capabilities, resources and expertise.
UTSA receives a $40 million gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott inspired by the university’s efforts to advance Latino student success.
The university engages with the community for the launch of the Institute of Texan Cultures Centennial 2068 visioning process.
Guadalupe Hall opens to serve a growing freshman population's need for campus housing.
The Roadrunner Athletics Center of Excellence opens, supporting student-athletes’ academic, health and wellness success.
The College of Engineering and Integrated Design is launched to promote collaboration among students and faculty in engineering and architecture disciplines.
As its national stature rises, UTSA announces it will jump to the American Athletic Conference in 2023.
Margie and Bill Klesse make a $20 million gift for UTSA College of Engineering and Integrated Design student scholarships and faculty endowments.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges grants UTSA reaffirmation of accreditation until 2030.
UTSA earns the Carnegie R1 Classification, adding the university to the nation’s top 4% of research institutions.
UTSA becomes a founding member of the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Research Universities, advancing opportunities for Latino students and faculty.
UTSA and UT Health San Antonio establish the joint University of Texas School of Public Health San Antonio.
UTSA and the Southwest School of Art finalize their integration, propelling high-quality arts education in B.F.A. and community programs.
Forbes names UTSA a top employer in Texas, landing the No. 5 spot out of the state’s 100 best employers.
Be Bold: A Campaign for Our Future launches with a $500 million fundraising goal.
The UT System Board of Regents approves the new Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Careers building (San Pedro II), UTSA’s next phase of downtown development.
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.
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