UTD and U. T. Arlington Presidents Inaugurate
New Era of Cooperation, Collaboration

Spaniolo, Daniel Say Entire D-FW Region Will Benefit

ARLINGTON and RICHARDSON, Texas (Sept. 20, 2005) — Presidents James Spaniolo of The University of Texas at Arlington and David Daniel of The University of Texas at Dallas today announced new areas of collaboration between their two institutions of higher learning during a day when the two presidents swapped jobs in an unprecedented demonstration of unity and cooperation.

In a midday videoconference between the two universities, Spaniolo and Daniel gave several examples of ways the schools will be working together:

“We already collaborate in a number of important areas, including nanotechnology, brain imaging, robotics and computer science, and we are going to look at some other areas, such as technology transfer,” Daniel said. “This will extend our relationship to a higher level. President Spaniolo and I both understand that the best way for UTD and U. T. Arlington to achieve their full potential is by working together.”

Spaniolo and Daniel, both of whom are relatively new to their jobs, announced the one-day job swap two weeks ago to signal a new era of cooperation in higher education, research and service for the North Texas community. Spaniolo took over as president of U. T. Arlington in February 2004, and Daniel assumed the UTD presidency in June of this year.

“This is not a beginning and it’s not just the continuation of the status quo,” Spaniolo said. “This is a new era of heightened respect and cooperation for both schools and it is important for the future of both universities and an absolute necessity for the economic growth of the North Texas region and the entire state.”

Daniel said, “This region has not gotten its share of higher education appropriations. We are going to capitalize on each other’s strengths.”

The presidents said that will give the universities extra capabilities that will be hard to ignore.

“We believe we will be able to accomplish much more this way than we would by going it alone,” Spaniolo said.

Today’s job swap exposed each of the presidents to some of the diverse programs at the other’s university. Spaniolo and Daniel met with students as well as faculty and staff, and both presidents said that they learned a great deal about the strengths of the neighboring U.T. System institution of higher education.

About UTD

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls more than 14,500 students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, masters and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s Web site at www.utdallas.edu.

About U. T. Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a nationally ranked Carnegie Doctoral Research -Extensive University and a comprehensive teaching, research and public service institution located in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Its state-of-the-art research facilities, strategic location and innovative student employment programs enhance its partnership with area businesses and industry. U. T. Arlington, a member of the University of Texas System, has more than 25,000 students from 150 countries and offers 91 baccalaureate, 76 master’s and 35 doctoral degrees within nine academic units and a graduate school, as well as the only Honors College in North Texas and one of only six in the state. For additional information about U. T. Arlington, please visit the university’s Web site at www.uta.edu.