UTSA President Ricardo Romo: Race to Tier One is ‘not a sprint, a marathon’

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(Sept. 22, 2011) -- UTSA President Ricardo Romo lauded UTSA students, faculty, staff and supporters for their persistence in moving UTSA closer to Tier One research status in his third annual State of the University address, delivered Wednesday, Sept. 21 from the University Center Ballroom on the UTSA Main Campus.

Since Romo became UTSA's fifth president in 1999, the university has evolved from a commuter school to a fully viable competitor in the race to Tier One research status.

During the address, Romo discussed the race to Tier One, quoting Olympic athlete PattiSue Plumer: "Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about."

He then highlighted UTSA's 2010-2011 achievements including the support UTSA received from government officials and the community during the 2011 legislative session; UTSA student recruitment and retention; significant achievements by UTSA researchers, students and research partners; and UTSA's historic first football game played Sept. 3 to a record-breaking crowd of 56,743 in the Alamodome.

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