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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 UTA’s national and international profile while strengthening excellence in research and teaching and ensuring the success of the University’s more than 58,000 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.

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President Karbhari and UTA in the News

Careers in the arts

Friday, July 19, 2019

While other universities have chosen to cut arts programs, pointing to declining enrollment numbers in these fields, UTA has responded in a very different way to the changing landscape of arts education, Inside Higher Ed reported. UTA President Vistasp Karbhari said that as trends continue to change in regards to liberal arts, he hopes to continue to show the value of a degree when put in the right economic context.

Interdisciplinary research grants

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

UTA awarded six research grants to interdisciplinary teams focusing on key areas related to health, decision-making, human interaction and advanced materials, Targeted News Service reported. The Interdisciplinary Research Program, launched in 2015 by UTA President Vistasp Karbhari and Vice President for Research Duane Dimos, provides grants of up to $20,000 to help UTA research groups advance their work and become more competitive for external funding.

Wendell Nedderman

Friday, May 10, 2019

Dr. Wendell Nedderman, who was president of UTA for 20 years, died on Wednesday, May 8, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, CBS 11 DFW and the Fort Worth Business Press reported. UTA President Vistasp Karbhari said Nedderman set the foundation and trajectory for the transition from a small college to one of the largest and best-reputed universities in Texas.

College completion panel

Monday, April 15, 2019

UTA President Vistasp Karbhari participated in a panel of three higher education leaders hosted by The Texas Tribune to discuss how the state can elevate college completion rates, The Daily Texan reported. Karbhari said measuring student success with four- and six-year degree completion rates ignores nontraditional students, adult learners and community college transfers, who make up approximately 50% of UTA’s student population.

Completion discussion

Friday, April 12, 2019

UTA President Vistasp Karbhari is one of the panelists at a Texas Tribune roundtable on college completion today, The Eagle in Bryan-College Station reported.

Higher education funding

Friday, April 5, 2019

UTA President Vistasp Karbhari praised state lawmakers for approving higher education budget increases in The Dallas Morning News’ Points from Austin. In a more in-depth Dallas Morning News article about what UTA and other North Texas universities received, Karbhari said the lawmakers’ commitment allows higher education to serve a growing population, ensure economic development and sustain research.



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