50th Chancellor's Council Annual Meeting & Symposium


Looking Back to Leap Forward

Celebrate a journey a half-century in the making as we commemorate 50 years of coming together to advance education, research and health care across Texas and the world.


Schedule at a Glance

Friday, April 28, 2017
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Registration
2:00 p.m. – Pre-Symposium Discovery Sessions
3:30 p.m. – Meeting & Symposium
5:30 p.m. – Reception

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Parking will be available in the Trinity Parking Garage and Lots 108 and 118, located near the Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Special Events Center. Shuttles will be provided to off-site venues. Click here for parking map.


Discovery Sessions

2:00 p.m., Please come early and join us for pre-symposium education opportunities.

You may choose to attend one of the following sessions. Shuttle buses will depart the Erwin Center at 1:30 p.m. to take you to your session.

Walk the Halls of Sports History

Housed in the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports at UT Austin is both an internationally famous research archive and exhibition space devoted to the history of sports and fitness. Founders and UT faculty members Jan Todd, Ph.D., and Terry Todd, Ph.D., will take us through the Center’s twelve galleries and on a behind-the-scenes tour of the archives that include viewings of Coach Royal’s personal photo albums, Harvey Penick’s original red notebook, the first illustrated book on exercise (dated 1573) and many other rare items.


Tales from the Ransom

From Henri Matisse’s Jazz to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s photographs of ghosts, every item housed in extensive cultural collections of the world-renowned Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin has a story to tell. Ransom Center Director Stephen Enniss, Ph.D., will lead a tour of the aptly named “Stories to Tell” exhibit – which features more than 250 manuscripts, photographs and memorabilia that offer stories of inspiration, frustration and innovation – and will give insight on how the Ransom Center acquires, preserves and makes its extraordinary collections available to the public. 


UT Shines the Light on Student Safety

Chancellor William McRaven has launched the most comprehensive survey of sexual assault and misconduct in the nation ever undertaken by an institution of higher education. Hear from Noël Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D., Director of UT Austin’s Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, and John Kaulfus, Title IX Director at UT Health San Antonio, on why the UT System is making student success a priority by being a leader in addressing campus safety.



The Annual Meeting & Symposium

3:30 p.m., Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Special Events Center

State of the System

The program will commence with a State of the System address by Chancellor William H. McRaven.

Then join past and present UT leadership, along with native Texan, award-winning journalist and national television anchor Stone Phillips, as we reflect on the remarkable changes and accomplishments that have occurred at UT institutions over the past five decades, and explore how we are continuing the leap forward.

William H. McRaven
UT System
  Stone Phillips
Journalist and Television Anchor


Chancellor Rewind


Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D.
Chancellor 2009-2015
Mark G. Yudof, J.D.
Chancellor 2002-2008
William H. Cunningham, Ph.D.
Chancellor 1992-2000
Hans M. Mark, Ph.D.
Chancellor 1984-1992

One thing is certain  serving as chancellor of one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation is one of the most difficult and most rewarding  jobs imaginable. Four men who have served as chancellor of the UT System will share stories  both humorous and serious – from their tenures and provide rare perspectives of the journey UT institutions have taken over the years.


Picture of Health

Kirk A. Calhoun, M.D.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler
David L. Callender, M.D. 
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Today, diagnoses like cancer or heart disease are no longer death sentences thanks to advances in medicine made over the last 50 years. Many of those advances can be credited to UT institutions, whose innovation and unprecedented collaborations are driving the next Quantum Leap in health care.


Change U.

Guy Bailey, Ph.D.
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Gregory L. Fenves, Ph.D.
The University of Texas at Austin

Vistasp M. Karbhari, Ph.D.
The University of Texas at Arlington

Higher education and campus life have changed dramatically, from innovations in “ed tech” to students’ social and cultural experiences. What does the future look like? Will libraries, or even classrooms, be a thing of the past? And more importantly, what will the impact be on student success?


Chancellor's Council Reception

5:30 p.m., Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Special Events Center