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President Fenves

Pronouncing Fenves

This should get you close: “Fen” rhymes with “den” and “ves” with “says.” Source: He pronounces his name at 0:09 

Avid Twitter user

You can follow him at @gregfenves. Source:

First-generation American

Fenves identifies as a first-generation American, whose father and other family members, survived the Holocaust. His wife Carmel is the granddaughter of immigrants from Mexico.


Engaging students

He enjoys engaging students in informal settings. Watch his humorous “Off the Record” interview with two University of Texas-Austin students. Source:

Literary interests

Fenves is a fan of novels by Haruki Murakami. Source:

Travel abroad

He lived and worked in Kyoto, Japan, for four months. Source:

Academic background and contributions

Fenves earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, where he majored in engineering. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and the Quill and Dagger senior honor society and chaired the student finance commission. 

He holds a master’s and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, both in civil engineering. Later in his career, he served on the faculty of the university and became an internationally renowned expert on structural engineering for earthquakes. Source:

During his tenure at UT Austin, Fenves was instrumental in the founding of UT’s Dell Medical School, the first medical school in over 50 years to be built from the ground up at a top-tier public research institution. Source: 

He successfully defended UT’s use of race and ethnicity as a factor in the admissions process in front of the U.S. Supreme Court (Fisher v. University of Texas). Source:


“Fenves is married to Carmel Martinez Fenves, a textile artist who participates in UT’s programs for first-generation college students. They have two adult daughters, a son-in-law and a granddaughter — all of whom live in Austin.” Source:

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