University Economic Development Association


2024 Summit Sponsorship

Summit Theme: Regionalism: Prosperity Through Collaboration

Co-Sponsored by:

2022 UEDA Summit Speaker

Taylor Eighmy

Taylor Eighmy

President, The University of Texas at San Antonio

Taylor Eighmy is the 6th president of The University of Texas at San Antonio. In addition, Eighmy serves as a member of the UTSA faculty as a professor with appointments in the College of Engineering’s department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the College of Sciences’ department of Environmental Science and Ecology.

As an advocate for urban-serving public higher education, Eighmy is passionate about UTSA’s role in developing San Antonio’s knowledge economy by preparing future leaders and generating new knowledge that changes the world.

Eighmy brings a strong track record of advancing top research universities through strategic government collaborations, public-private partnerships and community engagement. Eighmy’s experiences as an administrative leader, researcher, inventor and professor influenced his perspective as a champion of student success, particularly regarding the impact of experiential learning and undergraduate research programs.

Prior to arriving at UTSA in September 2017, Eighmy served as the chief research officer at three top public flagship universities: the University of New Hampshire, Texas Tech University and, most recently, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

While at the University of Tennessee, Eighmy and colleagues at Oak Ridge National Laboratory directed efforts that resulted in the University of Tennessee’s selection to lead the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, a $259 million public-private partnership supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Eighmy currently serves on the boards of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) Executive Committee, APLU Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Greater: SATX Board Executive Committee, Texas International Education Consortium, Tech Bloc San Antonio, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, San Antonio Medical Foundation, World Affairs Council of San Antonio, Conference USA, and UP Partnership.

Eighmy is also a member of the President’s Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Research Universities, the Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors, the Council on Competitiveness President’s Council, an Advisory Trustee of the Southwest Research Institute, the APLU Commission on International Initiatives, the Advisory Council for the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, and serves on the Council of the National Academies’ Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR).

In March of 2019, the San Antonio Business Journal named Eighmy its inaugural Dealmaker of the Year.

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