Office of the President
A visionary leader and accomplished scholar, Vistasp M. Karbhari took office in June 2013 as the eighth president of The University of Texas at Arlington. He is committed to advancing UT Arlington’s national and international profile while strengthening excellence in research and teaching and ensuring the success of the University’s more than 48,000 students in Texas and around the world.
A prolific researcher and seasoned administrator, President Karbhari has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than $37 million in research projects and authored or co-authored more than 460 papers in journals and conference proceedings.
In the President's Words
“Great research universities are characterized by three aspects: excellence, leadership, and impact. In the future, leadership will be characterized by two additional themes—access and diversity—and UTA is already known as a leader in both.”
– May 2015, Spring Meeting of University Faculty and Associates
“Having the opportunity to be exposed early in life to a diversity of language, culture, viewpoints, and histories helps us make those first steps toward being informed and engaged citizens of the world.”
– April 2015, International Week Opening Ceremony
"Above all, we want our students to be special, to be unique, and to be prepared for the workforce."
– February 2015, UT System Board of Regents Meeting
"As a 21st-century urban research university, we have a responsibility not only to develop and deliver knowledge but also to transform it to ensure that what we do adds to the intellectual, technological, and social and economic well-being of the region and nation."
– January 2015, UT System Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee Meeting
"Today we share in the celebration of a transition in the lives of our students, the crossing of a symbolic threshold—from students to learned members and leaders of society."
– December 2014 Commencement Ceremonies
"While our numbers are growing, our students are also succeeding at a very high rate. Over a quarter of our students graduate each year, as we continue to rapidly accelerate our role in providing a highly skilled and educated workforce to the state and the nation."
– October 2014, Fall Meeting of University Faculty and Associates
Strategic Plan 2020
By leveraging our expertise in improving health care, managing our natural resources, creating more livable communities, and harnessing the proliferation of data, the University is poised to help emerging megacities like the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex become sustainable economic and cultural centers that raise the prospects for prosperity and enhance quality of life.