With the fall semester well underway, I am reminded of the excellence of our division’s students and staff every day. In this issue of DDCE@UT, you will read about two of our staff members that have recently received awards for their excellent work: UT Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Mary Ledbetter and Dr. Rick Cherwitz, professor and director of the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium. Congratulations to Mary and Rick for their outstanding work!
All of us at the university were saddened in early September by the death of Dr. James L. Hill, the first African American vice president at The University of Texas at Austin. Although he was salutatorian of Austin’s Anderson High School, Dr. Hill was not permitted to attend the university because of race. He instead attended Huston-Tillotson College, graduating in 1953. In 1959, he was admitted to graduate school in the College of Education at The University of Texas.
We are fortunate that Dr. Hill cared so much about the university. He ended up serving as vice president under the administration of four different presidents. He embodied excellence and was a role model for students, faculty, staff and administrators. He helped make the university and the world a better place. We will miss him greatly.