Virginia: A Cautionary Tale for Texas
The University of Virginia Board of Visitors met today to vote on whether to re-instate President Teresa Sullivan, who was forced to resign earlier this month. While President Sullivan was unanimously reinstated during the meeting, the subsequent turmoil after her resignation – prominent resignations, negative national publicity, tensions among faculty, students and alumni, complaints about a lack of transparency – offers another cautionary tale for Texas about the importance of boards and administrators working collaboratively for the good of the institution and student body.
Today, the Coalition issued the following statement viewing Virginia as a cautionary tale for Texas.
As Babe Ruth said ...
This week the state’s leading university systems announced their collaboration on a bid to run Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico, “one of three labs in the country that maintain the nation’s nuclear arsenal,” according to the Texas Tribune. Of the announcement, Gov. Abbott said, “Together, Texas and New Mexico can bring unprecedented research opportunities to our great state universities and would be honored to be entrusted with the management of one of our nation’s premier national laboratories.” Dubbed “Together Sandia” the bid team included The Texas A&M System, Boeing, the University of Texas System, and the University of New Mexico. In remarks announcing the bid, Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp said, “Team chemistry is the right mixture of talent, dedication and sacrifice for a common goal. Or as Babe Ruth said, ‘You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.’ … In the Texas A&M and University of Texas systems, you have two of the largest, most prestigious university systems in the nation with the expertise and resources necessary at Sandia.”Continue reading
Great isn’t good enough.
This week Gov. Greg Abbott sat down with The Alcalde, the alumni magazine of the Texas Exes, for a wide-ranging interview about the state of higher education in Texas. He discussed innovation, his Governor’s University Research Initiative, the Dell Medical School and the appointment of regents who share his vision of helping UT Austin strive “to be the No. 1 public university in the United States of America.” He also praised recent rankings saying that "those are great numbers" but, he added, "this is Texas and great isn't good enough. We expect to be the best."Continue reading