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Advisory Committee Named for Presidential Search at U.T. Pan American
Contact: UT System Public Affairs Office 956/381-2741
Posted: 10/29/2003
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The appointment of an 18-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee to advise the University of Texas System Board of Regents on the selection of a president for U.T. Pan American was announced today (Oct. 29) by Charles Miller, chairman of the board.

The committee will make recommendations on possible successors to President Miguel Nevárez, who announced his retirement from the presidency on August 22 after serving the institution for the past 32 years.

The committee will be asked to present the names of five to 10 candidates, unranked, to the board, which will make the final decision. The search process will begin immediately with advertisements for the position placed in national publications so the committee can carry out its search as expeditiously as possible.

"The Board of Regents will look to the advisory committee for assistance in conducting a national search for this important leadership position," Miller said. "The appointment of campus presidents is one of the board's most important responsibilities, and we look forward to a thorough, thoughtful, and inclusive search process. The advisory committee includes outstanding representatives of campus constituencies and the university's external community, as well as distinguished members from within the U.T. System, and I am grateful to everyone who has agreed to serve."

The committee membership was formed in accordance with the Board of Regents' rules, which include a provision for representation on such committees by various constituencies of a university.

The committee will be chaired by Dr. Teresa A. Sullivan, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs for the U.T. System. Chancellor Mark G. Yudof will also serve on the committee.

Representing the Board of Regents on the committee will be H. Scott Caven, Jr. of Houston and Robert Estrada of Dallas.

Representing presidents of other U.T. System institutions are Dr. Ricardo Romo, president of U.T. San Antonio, and Dr. David Watts, president of U.T. Permian Basin.

The UTPA faculty representatives, as selected by the Faculty Senate, are Dr. Wendy James-Aldridge, associate professor of psychology and anthropology; Dr. Ala Qubbaj, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; and Dr. Teofilo Ozuna, associate professor of economics and finance.

Dr. Rodolfo Rocha, dean of the UTPA College of Arts and Humanities, was selected for the committee by the UTPA Deans' Council.

Representing the UTPA staff, as selected by the campus Staff Senate, is Arturo Ramos, assistant director of the Learning Assistance Center.

Maha Maglinao, a junior biology and chemistry double major, was selected by the UTPA Student Government to serve on the committee as the student representative.

R. D. Guerra, president of the UTPA Alumni association, will serve on the committee by virtue of his leadership of the alumni organization.

The community representatives are:

Mike Allen, president and CEO of the McAllen Economic Development Corporation.

The Honorable Ricardo Hinojosa, district judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Margaret McAllen, former Pan American University regent and co-founder of the Pan American University Foundation.

Joe Ramirez, chairman of J. R. Enterprises and current UTPA foundation board president.

Anne Shepard, former chairman of the Harlingen Chamber of Commerce

The University of Texas Pan American is one of nine academic universities and six health institutions that comprise The University of Texas System, the state's largest higher education system. The U.T. System confers one-third of the state's undergraduate degrees and educates three-fourths of the state's health care professionals annually.

UTPA is the 10th largest university in the state and the fifth largest in the U.T. System. It is second in the nation in the number of bachelor's degrees and fifth in the number of master's degrees awarded to Hispanics and is ranked second in the nation by Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education's list of the 100 best U.S. colleges for Hispanics.