UT Tyler

UT Tyler 40th Anniversary

1990s Growth


  • UT Tyler’s 10,000th academic degree awarded.
  • UT Tyler initiates plans for Joint Baccalaureate Studies program with area community colleges.


  • UT Tyler’s first Interactive Video instruction implemented.


  • Coordinating Board authorizes master of science in mathematics.


  • University Pines apartments, first on-campus student housing, opens.


  • Coordinating Board authorizes master of science degree in biology.
  • UT Tyler men’s tennis team wins second national title.


  • Groundbreaking ceremony for $22 million UT Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center.
  • UT Tyler engineering program approved by Texas Legislature.
  • Palestine campus opens.


  • UT Tyler George F. Hamm Endowed Chair in Arts and Humanities established by university supporters.
  • UT Tyler Bart Brooks Endowed Professorship of Ethics and Leadership established.
  • Coordinating Board authorizes master’s degree in political science.
  • R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center opens.


  • UT Tyler four-year status approved by Texas Legislature.
  • Development of UT Tyler Longview University Center approved by Texas Legislature.
  • UT Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center opens with Marvin Hamlisch. This landmark edifice features 2,000 seat Vaughn Auditorium, Braithwaite Recital Hall and Meadows Arts Gallery.
  • Coordinating Board authorizes master of arts in teaching and master of engineering degrees.


  • Rodney H. Mabry becomes the university’s third president.
  • UT Tyler admits its first freshman class.
  • UT Tyler School of Business Administration approved for accreditation by the AACSB-The International Association for Management Education.
  • Eighty-four permanent university endowments reach a market value of more than $33 million.


  • New Millennium Vision announces UT Tyler’s 10-year strategic plan for growth.
  • UT Tyler presidential and alumni scholarship program, for community and junior college transfer students, initiated – designed to increase not only the affordability of four-year college degree but also to address the low number of college graduates in the East Texas region.
  • UT Tyler announces multi-million dollar building campaign to prepare for expected growth in student enrollment.
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