Dr. Linda McCallister, dean of The University of Texas-Pan American College of Business Administration since 1995, has stepped down from her administrative position for health reasons, effective immediately.
Replacing her on an interim basis is Dr. George P. Avellano, who has served as UTPA's associate vice president for academic affairs for graduate programs and research since 1996. He will also continue in that position while serving as interim dean.
The administrative changes were announced Tuesday (Jan. 5) by Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo, UTPA provost and vice president for academic affairs.
"The College of Business Administration has experienced tremendous growth during Dr. McCallister's tenure as dean, and she has done a fine job of positioning the college to continue to grow, be successful and achieve accreditation of its PhD program," said Arévalo.
"Now, because of some health problems (McCallister suffered a heart attack last summer and has recently undergone more medical treatment), she has decided to step down from the deanship and to focus on some special projects in which she has played a major developmental role," Arévalo said.
In addition to completing the college's self-study report, which is part of the doctoral program accreditation process for the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business-The International Association for Management Education (AACSB), Dr. McCallister will be developing a Web-based management course for an MBA degree offered through The University of Texas System's TeleCampus.
Avellano, who joined UTPA after serving as dean of the Graduate College and director of faculty research at the University of Central Oklahoma, was a longtime faculty member in that school's department of marketing, which he chaired from 1978 to 1988.
"George will do a good job as interim dean. He is very aware of what is required of faculty and students in graduate programs and has been very involved in the recent progress of the College of Business Administration," said Arévalo.
Since the arrival of McCallister as dean of the college and Avellano as head of graduate studies for UTPA, the College of Business Administration has awarded its first PhD degree, restructured its Weekend MBA offering into a Professional MBA Program and added an MBA for Physicians Program.
"We have a strong faculty in the College of Business Administration," Avellano said, "and I look forward to maintaining the type of intellectual environment that will allow them to expand their contributions to the knowledge base in business administration.
"With the cooperation of the department chairs and the faculty, we'll continue the high standards established by Dr. McCallister and move on to the final phase of our doctoral program accreditation," he added.
In a separate administrative action, Arévalo has appointed Dr. Jane LeMaster, assistant professor and director of the MBA Programs, as interim chair of the Department of Management, Marketing and International Business, a unit within the College of Business Administration.
LeMaster replaces Dr. Ercan Nasif, who resigned as chair at the end of the fall semester. He remains on the faculty as an associate professor of management.