The University of Texas at Arlington Alumni Association engages in establishing and promoting a lasting, supportive relationship among students, alumni, the University and the community.
The Alumni organization began in 1920 when Elmer Holmgreen recognized the benefits of an organized body of former students. It was then that the tradition of the organization was conceived. During the early 1940's, volunteers ran the Alumni organization and alumni records were maintained on index cards. It was at this time that one of those volunteers, Lloyd Clark, started the first alumni publication, The ExPress. The organization changed its name in 1968, and in 1974 it became a 501c3 non-profit organization. It was at this time when Paul Kautz Jr., Frank Knight, Wayne Coble, Bobby Lane and James Cribbs submitted a charter to the State of Texas to officially recognize the Alumni Association as an organization. In the late 1970's, the association was reorganized with a single goal in mind - to create a connection between alumni and the University, providing additional support to current students and enhancing their academic experience. Today, the Alumni Association keeps alumni in touch with each other and with their university and assists them in supporting UTA.
To succeed in its mission, The University of Texas at Arlington Alumni Association strives to be the most influential force in creating strong advocates and a lasting legacy for UTA. The association is governed by a volunteer board of directors that serve as the governing body. Alumni events, chapters and networking programs for current students represent some of the more targeted initiatives of the Alumni Association.