UTPA names vice president of Enrollment and Student Services
Contact: Scott Maier, Senior Editor 381-3639
Posted: 07/14/2000
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Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez has appointed a Texas A&M administrator as the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at The University of Texas-Pan American.

John Austin Edwards, dean of Enrollment Management at Texas A&M University in Commerce, will join the UTPA administration Aug. 1.

"John brings to the University a wealth of experience in the field of enrollment management and will be a great asset to The University of Texas-Pan American," said Nevárez.

The Enrollment and Student Services division was created in September 1999. It includes the offices of Student Outreach and Financial Services, Admissions and Records, Student Support Services, Student Development Services, High School to University Services, Student Recruitment, Student Health Services and Special Programs.

"It looks as if we have very good directors and other staff in place in the Enrollment and Student Services division so we can immediately begin establishing objectives that will improve our retention and graduation rates, one of the main goals of the University," said Edwards.

"Strategic enrollment management requires participation from all areas of the University, so we will also be building partnerships and cross-divisional teams to insure improved participation and communication in the recruitment and retention efforts."

Earl "Bud" Frankenberger, former assistant to the president, had served as interim vice president while a search was conducted.

Edwards was with Texas A&M since 1985, initially as founding director of Enrollment Management before being named dean in 1991. He also served on the university's Athletic Council, Academic Affairs Executive Council, and Orientation, Advisement, Registration and Retention Committee.

Edwards also worked at Texas Tech University in Lubbock as director of New Student Relations (1979-85), admissions counselor (1978-79) and part-time instructor (1974-78) and at Murray State College in Tishomingo, Okla., from 1969-74.

"My wife, Jeanell, and I are excited about living in the Valley," he said. "I really appreciate this opportunity to work at UT Pan American and look forward to contributing toward achieving the vision for the University established by President Nevárez and his administration."

Edwards has a bachelor of arts degree in social studies from the University of North Texas in Denton. He obtained a master of arts in American history at Texas A&M University-Commerce and a doctorate of philosophy in American history and American literature at Texas Tech University.