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William Powers

The University of Texas at Austin

invites you to join

President William Powers Jr.

for his second

State of the University Address

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 • 4 p.m.

Jessen Auditorium, Homer P. Rainey Hall

What a bold vision early Texas leaders had when they wrote in the Constitution of 1876 that the State should “establish, organize, and provide for the maintenance, support, and direction of a university of the first class.”  That vision has been sharpened by each generation.

I believe – I firmly believe – that The University of Texas at Austin can be the great public university in America. Becoming the best public university in America is the task of our generation. This is an ambitious goal. Indeed, it is an audacious goal. But it is a goal we are poised to reach. We need to ensure that this is Texas's time. Our decade, our era.

We have work to do, but we have a plan to get there.  That plan benefits the people of Texas as much as it benefits our institution. What starts here really does change the world. 

But no president can do this alone. I need your help. Help from the faculty, from the staff, and from the students. From the Regents, from the Legislature, from our elected state leaders, from our alumni, and even from our friends at A&M. We will become the leading public university in America. And Texas will be stronger as a result.

My mission today is to convince you that this goal is within reach. Striving to be the best is not just a platitude, it is something we can achieve.

William Powers Jr., President
Excerpts from Inaugural Address on the State of the University
September 29, 2006




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