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Elwood Preiss

Elwood Preiss has watched UT Arlington move from being Arlington State College, a small, local school to a nationally recognized university. He came to Arlington in 1964-a short time after the school began awarding bachelor’s degrees, and remained until his retirement in 1998, serving as assistant to the president for almost 30 of those years. Elwood also worked as UTA Registrar, Director of Admissions, Director of Continuing Education, Dean of Student Services and Director of the University’s Centennial Observance.  He was the only secretary the Faculty/Undergraduate Assembly ever had from its establishment in 1964 until his retirement. 

In 1985, Elwood, then Executive Assistant to President Wendell Nedderman, called a group of people together to discuss the formation of an organization for UTA retirees.   Today this group is still active and continues to support and represent the university.  We invite you to join us at our monthly meetings and future events

Elwood, who earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, served as Assistant Director of Admissions and Assistant to the Dean of Men at U.T. Austin before moving to Arlington. 

One of the founders of Leadership Arlington, Elwood has also long been active in the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the Boy Scouts of America, Accent Arlington, the Kiwanis Club of Arlington and Arlington Human Service Planners. 

He is former member of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers and Sisters of Arlington and of the Arlington Independent School District Board of Trustees.

For these outstanding reasons and to honor his dedication to UT Arlington, the UT Arlington Retirees Club and the entire Arlington community, we present Elwood Preiss with this Distinguished Retiree Service Award.

In addition, this award is proclaimed now and in the future be called the Elwood Preiss Distinguished Retiree Service Award.