H.R. No. 1081
         WHEREAS, James D. Spaniolo is retiring as president of The
  University of Texas at Arlington on May 31, 2013, drawing to a close
  more than nine years of outstanding service to that institution;
         WHEREAS, Mr. Spaniolo earned his bachelor's degree magna cum
  laude from Michigan State University, where he was also the
  editor-in-chief of the student newspaper; he went on to earn both a
  master's degree in public administration and a law degree from the
  University of Michigan in 1975; moreover, during those years, he
  served his country as a medical corpsman in the U.S. Army Reserve;
         WHEREAS, After handling libel and First Amendment cases for
  the law firm of Paul and Thomson in Miami, Florida, Mr. Spaniolo
  established the first in-house legal departments at the Miami
  Herald and the American Newspaper Publishers Association; from 1977
  to 1989, he held several positions with the Knight-Ridder newspaper
  chain, serving as general counsel and general executive at the
  Miami Herald and vice president for human resources and assistant
  to the publisher at the Detroit Free Press; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Spaniolo then went on to serve as vice president
  and chief program officer for the John S. and James L. Knight
  Foundation from 1989 to 1996, and from 1996 to 2004, he was the dean
  of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and a professor at
  the School of Journalism at Michigan State University; and
         WHEREAS, In 2004, Mr. Spaniolo became the seventh president
  of The University of Texas at Arlington, and under his
  administration, the university's research budget has tripled to
  more than $71.4 million; the university has also increased its
  investment in faculty recruitment and retention, creating more than
  100 new positions and establishing new endowed chairs and
  professorships; the number of private donors to the university has
  increased by 34 percent, and donations have grown from $5.8 million
  in 2005 to more than $23.2 million in 2012; the university's
  endowment has more than doubled, from $39 million in 2004 to $95
  million in 2013; and
         WHEREAS, During President Spaniolo's tenure, enrollment has
  increased at UT Arlington from 25,000 in 2004 to more than 33,800
  students in 2013, and new residence halls and apartments have
  increased the number of students living on campus to 5,300; in
  addition, President Spaniolo has played a leading role in making
  the university one of the most diverse in the nation, with a student
  population that is 21 percent Hispanic, 15 percent African
  American, 10 percent Asian, and 8.3 percent from foreign countries;
  the average SAT score of full-time students rose to a new high of
  1088 in 2012; and
         WHEREAS, The university's infrastructure and physical plant
  have also improved under President Spaniolo's leadership, with more
  than a dozen new or renovated buildings marking an increase of 1.5
  million square feet in the past five years; new facilities include
  the Engineering Research Building and the 20.5 acre College Park
  District, which incorporates parking structures, a residence hall
  and student apartments, a welcome center, retail space, and a
  7,000-seat events center; and
         WHEREAS, Despite his many professional responsibilities,
  President Spaniolo has found time to give back to the community as a
  member of the executive committee of the Arlington Chamber of
  Commerce and a member of the boards of the Arlington Tomorrow
  Foundation, the Center for Innovation, the Fort Worth Chamber of
  Commerce, the North Texas Commission, and the Van Cliburn
  Foundation; he has earned the Arlington Chamber of Commerce Star
  Award, the Sally Kallam Award for support of Leadership Arlington,
  and the Silver Eagle Award from the Boy Scouts of America for his
  service to Arlington; and
         WHEREAS, James Spaniolo's vision, energy, and commitment to
  excellence have greatly benefited The University of Texas at
  Arlington and earned him the respect and admiration of the entire UT
  Arlington community, and he may indeed reflect with pride on all
  that he has achieved; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby congratulate James D. Spaniolo on his retirement
  as president of The University of Texas at Arlington and extend to
  him sincere best wishes for continued success and happiness; and,
  be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for President Spaniolo as an expression of high regard by
  the Texas House of Representatives.
  Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.R. No. 1081 was adopted by the House on April
  3, 2013, by a non-record vote.
  Chief Clerk of the House