President Larry Faulkner

I'll be honest, if you are not a University of Texas student or alumni this blog may not be too interesting to you. Texas' President, Larry Faulkner, will resign this spring after taking over at the university in 1997. Under Faulkner Texas has had numerous accomplishments across the board implementing programs and increasing prestige of the athletic program, individual colleges, and the university as a whole.

He implemented the FIG program which resulted in higher freshman retention rates. When Faulkner took over in 1997 the freshman retention rate was 86% which increased steadily to last year's rate of 91%, maintaining the best retention rate of all Big 12 schools ever year. He re-opened the observation deck of the Tower. The soccer and track stadium, Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center, and the Basketball Practice Facility were completed during his term. Renovations to the Football stadium and Basketball stadium were also completed and renovations on the Baseball stadium will start soon(NO MORE TURF!!!). He instituted the flat rate tuition program to improve four year graduation rates making it more economical for students taking over 15 hours and less economical for those taking less. Faulkner obtained the Watergate archives for the university as a private gift. He created the Blanton Museum of Art. He created the Commission of 125 to investigate policies to address the future of the University in the next 25 years recommending that all academic programs not ranked in the top 20 nationally be eliminated. He established an Honor Code for the university. He ran the "We're Texas" fund raising campaign which raised $1.6 Billion with a "B", the most successful campaign ever for a University without a Medical School. Under Faulkner the University climbed to second, only behind MIT, in federal funding for research programs. He implemented salary increases for faculty and staff every year he was president.

University, College, and Program Rankings and Awards under Faulkner

  • In 2005 Newsweek ranked the University of Texas the "Hottest State University" in the nation.
  • In 2004 the Times of London ranked the University as the 15th best university in the world based on a survey that spread across 88 countries.
  • In 2002 Sports Illustrated ranked UT #1 among the 324 Division 1 Athletic Programs.
  • The University's Business(18th), Law(15th), Engineering(12th), Education(15th), and Pharmacy(2nd) programs rank in the top 20 according to U.S. News and World Report. That same report ranked UT's Petroleum Engineering program #1 in the nation while Accounting ranks #3, Civil Engineering ranks #3, Entrepreneurship ranks #9, Marketing ranks #9, Chemical Engineering ranks #7, and Mechanical Engineering ranks #10.
  • And, although I doubt Faulkner had much to do with it, Playboy ranked UT #1 in their "Top 10 Colleges With The Best-Looking Girls".

Athletic Accomplishments

  • 2004-2005 UT was the only school to see its football team play in a bowl game, its men and women's basketball teams reach the tournament, and its softball and baseball teams reach the College World Series. All 19 men's and women's sports teams saw postseason play while Baseball, Gymnastics, and Women's track brought home National Championships.
  • During his tenure he saw the football program finish in the Top 10 3 times, both basketball programs reach the Final Four, the baseball team win 2 national championships, and the softball team reach the College World Series 3 times. Also, men's swimming won 3 national championships, and women's track and field won 3 national championships.
  • TJ Ford and Cat Osterman(2) won Player of the Year awards and Ricky Williams won the Heisman Trophy.

Needless to say during Faulkner's time the University of Texas has advanced as a nationally elite institution. Hopefully whoever replaces him can keep up the momentum.



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