The UTSA Presidential Search Advisory Committee will hold a town hall meeting to receive input from the campus community on the search for the university’s next president. The meeting is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, December 2 in the Main Building Auditorium (MB 0.104) on the UTSA Main Campus.
Last week, the UT System named a search advisory committee to make recommendations on possible successors to UTSA President Ricardo Romo, who announced his plans to retire as president at the end of the spring 2017 semester.
Steven Leslie, UT System executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, will chair the search advisory committee. Its members also include:
- Board of Regents (Vice Chairman Steven Hicks and Regent Ernest Aliseda)
- UT institution presidents (Guy Bailey, president of UT Rio Grande Valley; and William Henrich, M.D., president of UT Health San Antonio)
- UTSA dean, faculty, staff and student (JoAnn Browning, dean of the College of Engineering; Emily Bonner, associate professor of interdisciplinary learning and teaching and UTSA Faculty Senate chair; Hamid Beladi, associate dean of research; Heather Shipley, associate professor of civil engineering; alternate Hazem Rashed-Ali, associate dean of research and graduate studies; Elisa Perkins, associate director for diversity and recruitment; and Andrew Hubbard, UTSA SGA President)
- Alumni and community members (Michael Klein, president of the UTSA Alumni Association Board of Directors; James Bodenstedt, CEO and president of MUY!; Francisco Cigarroa, M.D., director of pediatric transplantation, UT Health San Antonio; and Martin Salinas, CEO and director of Phase 4 Energy Partners).
“Under President Romo’s leadership, UTSA has been transformed to a vibrant, diverse and internationally recognized institution with a reputation for academic excellence. We want to ensure the next president builds on this trajectory,” UT System Board of Regents chairman Paul L. Foster said. “We are grateful to the members of the search advisory committee for their service and their role in this process and we look forward to hearing their feedback and recommendations.”
The UT System will establish a website to provide the public with information regarding the search, including a timeline. Members of the public who cannot attend the December 2 meeting may privately submit nominations for the next president of UTSA through the website as well as input related to the search. The website will be publicized subsequent to the first meeting of the search committee.
Witt/Kieffer, a global executive recruitment firm, is assisting the UT System in the national search.
UTSA is recognized as one of the top 400 universities in the world and one of the top five young universities in the nation by Times Higher Education.