Update: This story has been updated with UT's official statement and additional information
Five years into his tenure as University of Texas president, Gregory Fenves is trading the Capital City for the Big Peach. Fenves is expected to tender his resignation effective June 30 to take a similar position at Emory University, a prestigious private college in Atlanta.
“I am proud and honored to have served as dean of engineering, provost and, for the past five years, president of UT. I am grateful for the trust you placed in me as leader of this great university that improves the lives of Texans and changes the world every day,” Fenves wrote in a letter to UT students, staff members, faculty members, and alumni on April 7.
Fenves' resignation caps off a lengthy career on the Forty Acres. Before he was named president in 2015, Fenves served as provost, beginning 2013. Before that, he was the head of the Cockrell School of Engineering for five years. In the 1980s, he was an engineering professor at the university.
During his time as president, Fenves oversaw the opening of Dell Medical School; the current renovation of DKR Stadium; the launch of the new $200 million Moody Arena; and the creation of Matthew McConaughey has the school's minister of culture, something that could be dismissed as frivolous but has garnered the school numerous national and international headlines.
Fenves has also had his share of blunders, including the school's handling of sexual misconduct charges and a stunning college admissions scandal that has gripped some of the nation's top universities, including UT.
“The timing of this news in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic is not what I had expected or wanted,” Fenves wrote. “Our dedicated faculty and staff have striven to make the spring 2020 semester meaningful for our students. I want you to understand that I remain singularly focused on continuing that work, completing the semester and getting our community back to normal before my presidency ends on June 30.”