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Naming College of Engineering a Sign of Growth, Strength

I am pleased to tell you that the UT Board of Trustees has approved naming our engineering college the John D. Tickle College of Engineering.

We are proud to name the college for John D. Tickle to honor his commitment and impact on the university. It is the second UT college to be named for an alumnus and benefactor.

John is president of the Strongwell Corporation, a company he helped become a global leader in advanced composites manufacturing.

John made his first gift to the university in 1966, just a year after earning his industrial engineering degree. Through the years the Tickle family has invested in many academic, athletics, and student enrichment programs. Our newest state-of-the-art engineering building bears his name, and the small animal hospital is named for John and his wife, Ann.

The transformative nature of John’s most recent gift will help the college attain the next level of excellence by providing resources that will benefit the college’s students, faculty, and staff for years to come.

The naming and the foundation of support it reflects better align the college with its aspirational top-ranked public university peers.

We are extremely grateful for the Tickles’ support and honored that the Tickle name will forever be a part of UT history.

Please mark your calendar for a public celebration at 4 p.m. November 3 at the quad near Ferris and Perkins Halls.

The event will give the campus community an opportunity to thank John and his family, and Dean Wayne Davis will share an update about the college’s bright future.

Jimmy G. Cheek