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Employee Recognition Ceremony (10, 15, 20 Year Service Awards)

April 13, 2016

Good evening, Ladies and Gentlemen. It’s a pleasure and an honor to be with you today on this very special occasion as we celebrate the contributions, commitment and dedication of a truly talented group of outstanding members of the UTA family. When we honor people, we recognize them for their contributions, for their service, and for their love and commitment to the institution. We also make an important statement – that we recognize the example that they set and the value we place on such service.

An institution does not develop a reputation for greatness, or its ability to provide knowledge to students, or even its excellence in research through transitionary contributions. Reputation is derived from continuity and a history of effort and achievement – in fact through the legacy of those who toil, often behind the scenes, so that our students receive the very best educational experience.

To those we are honoring today – words are insufficient to express our gratitude – we would not be here talking about the Carnegie R-1 classification, or being ranked the top 4-year College in Texas for Veterans, or having programs in every college and school ranked among the top graduate programs in the nation, if it were not for their dedicated service – so let me extend my congratulations and deep appreciation to each of our honorees.

Today, we celebrate an extraordinary group of individuals who have achieved 10, 15 and 20 years of service at the University of Texas at Arlington. On behalf of all of us at UTA I’d like to let you know how grateful we are for the investment that each of you have made here; and I look forward to working together with you for many more years as we continue on the steep trajectory that defines our journey to pre-eminence.  Your enthusiasm, professionalism and spirit make UTA a special place, and you are playing a critical role in shaping our institution for the future. 

You are the engine that drives this institution to new heights of excellence and has gained it a reputation as a fast moving university with a fabulous future.  A reputation like this does not get developed overnight.  It is a legacy of the past and a catalyst for our acceleration into the future.

You’ve helped bring about this success, and all of us at UTA offer you our deep and everlasting gratitude.  Thank you for all you’ve done and all that I’m confident you will continue to do for UTA.