Statement from The University of Texas System Board of Regents on Vistasp Karbhari
Last week, we selected Vistasp Karbhari as the sole finalist for the presidency of The University of Texas at Arlington.
provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at The
University of Alabama in Huntsville, Dr. Karbhari is known as an
extraordinary and innovative leader. Our initial impression based on the
search committee's recommendation and our interviews with him is that
he is extremely well suited to lead UT Arlington.
years ago, a horrific and tragic event occurred at UAH when a professor
opened fire during a faculty meeting, killing three people and wounding
This incident was discussed during the
interview process, and Dr. Karbhari was heralded by his university for
his leadership during such a critical time. He was described as
compassionate, committed to taking care of victims' families and was
praised for his ability to steer the campus through one of the most
terrible experiences imaginable.
Under Alabama state
law, public universities have absolute immunity and cannot be sued. In
light of that, attorneys for families of two of the victims filed a
wrongful death lawsuit naming Dr. Karbhari, as the university's chief
While all of the Regents were aware
of the shooting incident on campus, not all were aware of the lawsuit
at the time Dr. Karbhari was interviewed. Dr. Karbhari remains our sole
finalist for president at UT Arlington.
profoundly grateful to the regents, administrators, faculty and others
who served on our search committee and agree with them that Dr. Karbhari
is the right person to lead UT Arlington, an innovative and unique
academic environment that is a huge source of pride of our entire
Under Texas law, university
governing boards must name finalists for a presidency a minimum of 21
days before making an appointment. We will use this time to get to know
Dr. Karbhari better and we hope the UT Arlington community will take the
opportunity to do so as well. We welcome all feedback on this important
Statement from UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo
had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Karbhari and spending time with him. We
look forward to welcoming him to Arlington for his campus visits very
soon and to introducing him to our students, faculty, staff and other
members of our University community. Everyone is eager to meet him and
welcome him to Arlington."