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February 22, 2012

Media Contact:  Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler
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February 22, 2012

UT Tyler President Rodney H. Mabry has been named a 2012 Man of Strength by Wiley College.

This year, Mabry was one of three higher education institution presidents given the honor, which recognizes leaders and influential front-runners who have impacted their respective communities and reflect the strength and honor Wiley College wishes to instill in every man who attends that institution.

“If you want an example of a great leader, a committed public servant and a role model for young men to emulate, then you need look no further than President Mabry,” said Dr. Joseph L. Morale, Wiley College vice president for student affairs and enrollment services.

The college recently recognized Mabry at a luncheon as part of 2012 Men of Strength Week activities. Wiley College’s Men of Strength Program was founded in 2001 to increase retention rates of male college students, foster spiritual growth, develop leadership skills and ignite academic achievement.

Mabry became president in July 1998. During his tenure, UT Tyler has experienced tremendous growth in enrollment, academic programs and facilities.

Under his leadership, UT Tyler has ranked in the top 20 on U.S. News and World Report rankings of Master’s Level I public universities in the West out of 335 universities.

Major construction completion during his tenure includes the Herrington Patriot Center, David G. and Jacqueline M. Braithwaite Building, Patriot Village, Bill Ratliff Engineering and Science Complex and Ornelas Residence Hall.

Mabry also serves as the Dr. Ben R. Fisch professor of economics and finance at UT Tyler and has been active in professional organizations throughout his career.

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