From public colleges to flagship universities, the pandemic has dramatically changed the experience of higher education in Texas. Research institutions have felt their way through virtual learning and changing security protocols. Now that we are entering the third year of the pandemic, what awaits higher education in Texas?
Join us at noon Central Time Friday, February 25th, for a virtual COVID-19 discussion event on campus. Kate McGee, a reporter for higher education at The Texas Tribune, will talk to Cynthia Teniente-Matsonpresident of the University of Texas A&M in San Antonio; Alice White, President of Sam Houston State University; and Gregory WilliamsPresident of Odessa College.
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The Texas Tribune’s “COVID, Year 3” virtual event series includes in-depth conversations with prominent officials and newsmakers moderated by expert journalists from The Texas Tribune. Each event in the series focuses on one aspect of life in Texas that has been heavily affected by the pandemic – health, economics and higher education. See the first and second parts of this series.
Before joining us, read the latest materials on higher education from the Tribune.
About our speakers
Teniente Mattson has been president of the University of Texas A&M in San Antonio since 2014. As president, she oversaw the university’s growth into a four-year college. Teniente-Matson is also the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Public Colleges and Universities and the Treasurer of the Higher Education Resources Service.
White has been president of Sam Houston University since 2020. She was previously president of Austin Pee University in Clarksville, Tennessee. White also served as senior vice president of academic affairs at the University of Texas at Tyler and vice chancellor at the University of the Midwest at Wichita Falls.
Williams has been president of Odessa College since 2007. He previously served as chairman of the Texas Association of Public Colleges and a member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Council’s formula funding committee. Williams was also a member of the board of directors and executive board of the American Association of Public Colleges.
McGee talks about higher education for The Texas Tribune after working as a reporter for nearly ten years on state radio stations across the country. She last covered higher education at WBEZ in Chicago, but began her studies in 2013 at KUT in Austin. McGee also worked at NPR affiliates in Washington, DC; New York; and Reno, Nevada.
The talk will also be available for viewing on demand after the event at texastribune.org/events.
Sponsors help make our events possible. Thanks to the UTHealth School of Public Health and the Greater Texas Foundation for presenting this event, as well as WGU Texas, Texas Association of Public Colleges, Pearson, Educate Texas, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Trellis Foundation for supporting this event. Media support is provided by Austin American-Statesman.
Tribune activities are also supported through contributions from our investors and founding members. Although donors and corporate sponsors provide Texas Tribune events, they play no role in determining the content, discussion, or line of questioning.