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Correspondence with the Governor

The Governors of Texas have been supportive of the Survey project since its inception.   Below are replications or optical scans of recent  letters of support from Texas Governors.

Governor Rick Perry's Letters:  October 2001, June 2001 
Governor Rick Perry's Video to State Employees
Past Governor's Letters
  Governor George W. Bush
July 2000, June 1999, September 1997 and December 1995
  Governor Ann Richards
January 1994

 




OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

October 29, 2001

TO:           Board Chairs
                  State Agency Heads
                  Chancellors and Presidents of Institutions of Higher Education

With the beginning of a new decade and new century, it is important to take the opportunity to anticipate and prepared for the challenges ahead for our great state.  Working together, we have accomplished many improvements in state government that enable us to move every Texan forward.  Creating and maintaining effective organizations and responding to the changing needs of Texans will be a critical duty for each of us in the months ahead.

Following in the tradition of my predecessors, I ask each of you to join me in Austin on Monday, November 26 for the Governor's Conference on Organizational Excellence.  I would appreciate your participation in a brief program (approximately 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.) to review how we might together make the next two years ones of significant achievement for all Texans.

The conference will be held in the auditorium at the State Capital Extension.  I look forward to seeing each of you on November 26th.

Sincerely,
 

Post Office Box 12428 AUSTIN, TX 78711 (512) 463-2000 (Voice)/(512) 475-3165 (TDD)

 


OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

June 28, 2001

TO:           Board Chairs
                  State Agency Heads
                  Chancellors and Presidents of Institutions of Higher Education
FROM:   Rick Perry   
                Governor

With the beginning of a new century, we have an obligation to anticipate and prepare for the challenges that lie ahead for our great state.  Working together, we have begun improvements in state government to move every Texan forward.  Maintaining effective organizations and a quality workforce are essential to our ability to improve services for Texans.  The Survey of Organizational Excellence, which is conducted every two years, is a valuable tool in this effort.

Once again, the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin will administer the survey and provide your organization with an analysis of the responses from your workforce. Survey administration is planned for September and October, and I look forward to seeing the results of your participation in the survey.

Additional information about the survey will be provided directly to you by the School of Social Work.  I appreciate your efforts to build a better Texas.

 

Post Office Box 12428 AUSTIN, TX 78711 (512) 463-2000 (Voice)/(512) 475-3165 (TDD)

 

STATE OF TEXAS
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

July 25, 2000

George W. Bush
Governor

TO: State Agency Heads
       Chancellors and Presidents of Institutions of Higher Education
       Presidents and Directors of Health-Related Institutions

During my tenure as Governor, there has been a renewed emphasis on efforts to strengthen our state organizations, including the achievement of higher performance levels and improving customer satisfaction. One tool in these efforts is the Survey of Organizational Excellence that provides feedback from your employees on what they perceive as their organizationís strengths and weaknesses. As we make our plans for the fourth Governorís Conference on Organizational Excellence, we want to gather some information on the various ways in which the survey is used. This will increase the use of these data and spread innovations that are underway in our state.

Enclosed is a brief questionnaire that you are requested to complete, as well as providing us with sample newsletters, evaluations, and other forms that you have created. You may go to www.survey.utexas.edu/excellence to complete the questionnaire. Any supporting documents may be forwarded electronically as e-mail attachments to soe@uts.cc.utexas.edu. The enclosure provides more detailed information.

If you require additional information, please contact Noel Landuyt, Ph.D., at the survey offices at (512) 471-9831 or nlanduyt@mail.utexas.edu.

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STATE OF TEXAS
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

June 28, 1999

TO: State Agency Heads
        Chancellors and Presidents of Institutions of Higher Education
        Presidents and Directors of Health-Related Institutions

As the end of the decade nears, we have an important opportunity to anticipate and prepare for the challenges that will come beginning with the year 2000. Working together, we have accomplished many improvements in state government that enable us to better serve the people of Texas. Maintaining effective organizations and a quality workforce are essential to our ability to continue to improve our service to Texas. The Survey of Organizational Excellence, which is conducted every two years, has proven to be a valuable tool in this effort.

Once again, the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin will administer the survey and provide your organization with an analysis of the responses from your workforce. Survey administration is planned for September and October, and I urge the participation of your agency or institution in the survey.

Additional information about the survey will be provided directly to you by the School of Social Work. Please join in this effort to build a better Texas.

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Post Office Box 12428 AUSTIN, TX 78711 (512) 463-2000 (Voice)/(512) 475-3165 (TDD)

 

STATE OF TEXAS
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

September 1997

GEORGE W. BUSH
     GOVERNOR

TO: State Agency Heads
        Chancellors and Presidents of Institutions of Higher Education
        Presidents and Directors of Health-Related Institutions

Since 1979, Texas has promoted a unique effort to improve the effectiveness of organizations of state government and the employment conditions for all state employees. That effort is the Survey of Organizational Excellence conducted every two years by the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin.

The survey questions and findings are important ingredients for agencies, the Governor's Office, and the Legislative Budget Board in building outstanding state organizations. These data are used as a significant component of strategic planning, assisting each agency to mobilize fully all of its resources. The people of Texas must have state agencies with sharply focused and prudently selected goals that are achieved with the highest possible quality. Government cannot do everything but must do certain essential things exceedingly well.

We know that Texas must be prepared to meet opportunities and challenges of the future. The achievements of our great state make it attractive to all people and have helped it become our nation's second most populous state. The products and services from our businesses now compete successfully in global markets, yet the pace of world competition will continue for all of us. To maintain this growth and prosperity, our people, our communities, and our businesses require world-class services from Texas government. This survey is an important tool to establish and maintain excellence in government, and I urge you to join in this effort. Texas government must reflect the initiative, creativity, and responsibility that is so much of our heritage and so critical to reaching the promise of our future.

I believe these issues are so important to our future that I will be asking you to meet in November so that we may devote some time to analyzing these concerns. My office will contact you soon about that meeting.

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POST OFFICE Box 12428 Austin, Texas 78711 (512) 463-2000 (Voice)/(512) 475-3165 (TTD)

       December 1995

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STATE OF TEXAS
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

January 11, 1994

Ann W. Richards
Governor

TO: State Agency Heads
       Chancellors and Presidents of Institutions of Higher Education
       Presidents and Directors of Health-Related Institutions

I am encouraging your agency to participate in the Survey of Organizational Excellence that is being conducted by The University of Texas School of Social Work.

As you know, my office has had a long-term commitment to improving working conditions for state employees. The information gathered will furnish us with indicators of current trends and will provide an opportunity to benchmark our efforts to build the New Texas.

I hope you will join me in this effort. It will help all agencies provide quality services to the citizens of Texas.

Sincerely,