Fall Convocation Marks Farewells and a Look to the Future
TEXAS – AUGUST 22, 2014 – The University of Texas at Brownsville’s Fall Convocation held Friday, Aug.
22 at the Student Union Gran Salon was an opportunity to celebrate the past
and look toward an optimistic future.
UTB Interim President William Fannin receives the university's mace from UTB President Dr. Juliet V. Garcia.
Convocation was one of the last campus events for Dr. Juliet V.
Garcia, President of UTB, before she steps down on Sunday, Aug.
31 to assume the role of Executive
Director for the newly created University of Texas Institute of the
leading the university as president for 22 years was an extraordinary privilege
that could not be measured in accolades and promotions.
“We have seen
it all and done it all together,” she said. “I have no regrets for any day we
have had together.”
the university’s mace as a symbol of authority to Dr. William Fannin, President Ad
Interim of UTB and a former Provost and Vice President for Academic
Affairs at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa. Fannin will
formally take over as leader of the university on Monday, Sept. 1 and
serve until The University
of Texas Rio Grande Valley opens next year with the unification of
UTB and The University of Texas – Pan American in Edinburg.
“I know there
is a lot of change occurring and bringing nervousness,” said Fannin. “UTRGV is
going to build a championship team. We want each of you to be team members on
that team. There are great things coming. We should not lose focus. This year
we are looking toward the future.”
UTB President Dr. Juliet Garcia with 7 professors who received the Emeritus award.
faculty members with a total of 222 years of professional teaching experience
were awarded University of Texas System Professor Emeritus medals by Garcia:
employees also received service awards from five to 40 years of work at the
Association invites all alumni to celebrate graduates’ achievements and to bid
farewell to Garcia at Celebracion at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 in the
Courtyard at Main. The suggested minimum donation for scholarships is $10 per
person. For more information contact the Office of University Relations at