Celebrating Milestones: UT Southern’s First Academic Year

Category: Features

By Abby Stanton

Mark La Branche adresses the class of 2022 at UT Southern's first commencement ceremony

UT Southern completed its first academic year as part of the UT family, hitting milestones and experiencing growth that positions the campus for exciting new possibilities.

In May, UT Southern saw its first class of graduates receive their diplomas and walk across the campus green. The memorable day served as a capstone on a momentous year, serving as a tangible reminder of the opportunity that the new campus offers to the region.

This year, the campus celebrated that 100% of its nursing students passed the NCLEX exam on their first attempt. UT Southern graduates will fill valuable roles in their communities as business leaders, teachers and nurses.

In June, Mark La Branche retired as chancellor of UT Southern. Linda Martin, UT System vice president of academic affairs and student success, was named interim chancellor. Since July, Martin has worked to get everyone on campus ready for a great year. She has reinforced UT Southern’s “student-first” focus. That means every single decision, large or small, is made with the success of each student in mind.

Martin’s first few months have been busy meeting staff, faculty and members of the wider community. The support of our community has been tremendous. The excitement within the region is clear, as UT Southern maintains its commitment to providing our rural region with more opportunities.

This fall, UT Southern welcomed more than 800 students onto campus. With the focus of the campus on the success of each of those students, every member of faculty and staff is embracing this season.