In his annual State of the State address, President Jay Herzl of the University of Texas emphasized Austin’s strategic goal of becoming the most influential public research university globally. Hartzell highlighted the university’s achievements in various areas, including student success, faculty hiring, startups, medical science, and technological innovations. He spoke about the university’s record numbers in enrollment and applications, improved graduation rates, and efforts to address affordability challenges. Hartzell also discussed the university’s role in the development of Austin as a life sciences and technology hub and the establishment of the University of Texas Medical Center. He stressed the importance of cross-campus collaboration for progress and highlighted the university’s research in the semiconductor field and its partnerships with government and industry. Hartzell further highlighted the university’s efforts in research commercialization and its initiatives to support career success for students. This address marked Hartzell’s fourth State of the University speech since becoming president.