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UT System Regents to meet Feb. 8-9

AUSTIN — The University of Texas System Board of Regents will meet Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 8-9, in Austin. The meeting will be held on the ninth floor of Ashbel Smith Hall, 201 W. 7th St.

The agenda book and links to the live webcast for the meeting are posted online. Parking for news media is available through the guard kiosk on Colorado Street between 6th and 7th streets.

The meeting will be live tweeted from @utsystem.

Below are highlights from the Board agenda. All times are approximate and more information about these items as well as additional agenda items can be found in the agenda book:

Wednesday, Feb. 8

9:30 a.m. – Health Affairs Committee

  • Report on the UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine by President Guy Bailey and Interim Medical School Dean Steven Lieberman.
  • Report on UT MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Translational Research Accelerator, the research platform for the Moon Shots Program, by President Ronald DePinho and Chair of Genomic Medicine Andrew Futreal.

10:15 a.m. – Academic Affairs Committee

  • Consider approval to establish a Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Civil Engineering at UT San Antonio.
  • Report on faculty workload at the academic institutions for academic year 2015-2016 by UT System Executive Vice Chancellor Steven Leslie.

11:15 a.m. – Technology Transfer and Research Committee 

  • Report on the UT System Office of Innovation and Strategic Investment strategic plan by Julie Goonewardene, UT System associate vice chancellor for innovation and strategic investment and managing director of the UT Horizon Fund.

11:45 a.m. – Executive session

1:30 p.m. – Finance and Planning Committee 

  • Presentation of the University of Texas Investment Management Company’s performance summary report and investment reports for the quarter ended Nov. 30, 2016.

 2:15 p.m. – Joint Finance and Audit Committees

2:45 p.m. – Audit, Compliance and Management Review Committee

  • Report on UT System Environmental Health and Safety Compliance by Patrick Durbin, assistant director of risk control in the UT System Office of Risk Management, and Scott Patlovich, director of environmental health and safety at UTHealth in Houston.

3:30 p.m. – Facilities Planning and Construction Committee

4:30 p.m. – Recess

Thursday, Feb. 9

9 a.m. – Meeting of the Board in open session

  • Consider approval of a one-time allocation of $10 million from surplus funds generated through the UT System Internal Lending Program to support the Student Success Quantum Leap.
  • Report on the development performance for UT System institutions by Randa Safady, vice chancellor for external relations.

10:20 a.m. – Executive session

12 p.m. – Meeting of the Board in open session

12:15 p.m. – Adjourn

About The University of Texas System

Educating students, providing care for patients, conducting groundbreaking basic, applied and clinical research, and serving the needs of Texans and the nation for more than 130 years, The University of Texas System is one of the largest public university systems in the United States. With 14 institutions and an enrollment of more than 228,000, the UT System confers more than one-third of the state’s undergraduate degrees, educates almost two-thirds of the state’s health care professionals annually and accounts for almost 70 percent of all research funds awarded to public institutions in Texas. The UT System’s operating budget for FY 2017 is $17.9 billion, including $3 billion in sponsored programs funded by federal, state, local and private sources. With more than 20,000 faculty – including Nobel laureates and many members of the National Academies – and nearly 80,000 health care professionals, researchers, student advisors and support staff, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.

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