April 3, 2017
Dear UT community,
I write to share with you that Manuel Justiz recently informed me that he will be stepping down later this year as dean of the College of Education. He will continue serving as dean through December 31, 2017 and will resume his significant scholarly contributions as a faculty member here at UT Austin. I will soon form a search committee to identify candidates for the next dean.
During his 28 years as dean, Dean Justiz’s visionary leadership has solidified the College of Education’s reputation as one of the top education schools in the country. He became the first Hispanic dean at UT Austin in 1990, has been the senior dean on campus since 2009, and is the longest serving dean in the history of the college.
Under his leadership, the College of Education is consistently ranked among the nation’s top schools of education by U.S. News & World Report, and has been ranked in the top five among public universities for the past ten years.
He led efforts to establish several nationally ranked research centers in the College of Education, including the Meadows Center, the Center for Community College Student Engagement, and the Center for STEM Education. In 1997, he partnered with the College of Natural Sciences to establish UTeach, an innovative program to prepare teachers for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
His impact has also been felt in our local community when he helped establish and launch UT Elementary School in east Austin, the first university-sponsored charter school in Texas.
Dean Justiz cares deeply about his students, is always focused on the well-being of his faculty and staff, the greater college community, and the university as a whole.
Since I came to UT last year, I have relied on his advice and counsel. He is an important part of the Longhorn family, and this university has been fortunate to benefit from his significant contributions.
Please join me in thanking Dean Justiz for his service.
Executive Vice President and Provost
The University of Texas at Austin