The mission of The University of Texas at Austin is to achieve excellence in the interrelated areas of undergraduate education, graduate education, research and public service.
As executive vice president and provost ad interim, my job is to continue to carry out this mission, promote our focus on advancing the future of higher education, attract and retain the most talented faculty and students, explore innovations in excellence and efficiency, and engage with the greater community through service, entrepreneurship, continuing education and cultural and artistic events.
The university's core purpose is "to transform lives for the benefit of society," and it does so by providing the infrastructure — renowned world-class facilities and resources — for our students, faculty, staff and researchers. But even more importantly, at UT Austin we foster an environment that supports learning, exploration and discovery in multiple and diverse forms. We relish the opportunities and responsibilities that this provides.
UT Austin is poised to both pose and answer the pressing questions of our day. We will address these issues that cut across political, divisional and cultural lines, and will engage in conversations and strategic planning with our students, faculty, alumni and educational partners in the state, country and across the globe.
Judith H. Langlois
Executive Vice President and Provost, ad interim