Visits from the final candidates for The University of Texas-Pan American presidency continued this week with Dr. Fernando Treviño, dean of the School of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
Treviño attended a series of meetings Monday, May 3 with deans, faculty, staff, students and community members. As part of the busy schedule, Treviño participated in an open forum where he was given the opportunity to speak about his career accomplishments, answer questions from audience members and talk about his goals if selected to lead UT Pan American.
"I believe this University is doing great things," he said. "During the first year, I think the next president should be a good listener; try to understand and ask why."
Treviño - who has served as past president of the World Federation of Public Health Associations based in Geneva, Switzerland and as executive director of the American Public Health Association in Washington, D.C. - said he would like to work for UTPA because it is part of the University of Texas System, it educates a great number of first generation college students and it is a university that is committed to the community.
During the forum, the Brownsville native was asked about crucial issues that are important at UT Pan American including growth, research, leadership, community involvement and administrator/faculty relationships.
If selected president, Treviño hopes to continue the vision of making UTPA a research-based university by working diligently with faculty.
"I have set up an incentive program for faculty (at UNT- Health Science Center) where a percentage of grant money goes to them to use as salary increases or for them to hire more help," he said.
Treviño said would also like to help reduce the teaching load, which would allow faculty more time for research. He believes that the construction of the Regional Academic Health Center will assist in this goal.
"The next president is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the RAHC," he said.
When asked about the relationship between the administration and faculty, Treviño expressed his belief in an open-administration policy.
"I personally believe that the president is a member of the faculty," he said. "I think it is important for the president to meet with the entire faculty to discuss important issues."
As dean, Treviño said he has helped raise money, get accredited, receive degree approvals from the coordinating board, hire faculty members, create community-based programs and build a leadership team for the School of Public Health at UNT- Health Science Center.
Among those community-based programs Treviño has helped implement is a children's diabetes program in the Fort Worth area that allows the health center to work closely with school districts in educating students about the disease.
During the forum, audience members were given evaluation forms that will be delivered to the UT System Board of Regents for its review.
Visits from presidential candidates continues this week and next. All open forums have been scheduled for 2:15 p.m. at the UTPA Student Union:
Tuesday, May 11 Dr. Richard A. Navarro
Thursday, May 13 Dr. Lynda Y. de la Vina