The University of Texas-Pan American Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Paul Sale officially announced today the appointments of Dr. Bruce Reed as the dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services and Dr. Salvador Hector Ochoa as the dean of the College of Education.
"I am extremely happy that Dr. Reed and Dr. Ochoa applied. They went up against highly qualified candidates externally, and they were clearly the superior candidates in the search process both in terms of their vision and their match for the University," Sale said.
Reed, who was appointed interim dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services in January 2005, has been with UTPA since 1993.
"Dr. Reed has served the University well for a number of years and his appointment as dean is a natural extension of that exemplary service. In addition he has been a proven leader within the college and has a good grasp of the issues facing the discipline within the college," Sale said.
Reed, who begins his duties as dean April 17, earned a doctorate in 1993 in human rehabilitation from the University of Northern Colorado, a master's in rehabilitation counseling with a vocational evaluation emphasis in 1990 from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and a Bachelor of Science in history (Latin American studies) in 1978 from the University of Colorado in Boulder.
He previously served as the chair of Department of Rehabilitative Services from 1996-2004, and for a brief time he served as interim assistant dean in 1999. Overall, Reed has brought in more than $6.9 million in funded projects to the College of Health Sciences and Human Services through grant proposals he authored or co-authored with colleagues.
Ochoa currently serves as the chair of the Department of Educational Psychology in the UTPA College of Education, and has worked for the University since 2005. He begins his role as dean starting June 1 replacing Dr. Velma Menchaca, who has been serving in the interim position since January 2005.
"In that role (as chair) he has worked with 22 full-time faculty members, he has led five graduate programs and one undergraduate program and he has done so with distinction. Dr. Ochoa also brings a wealth of experience that he gained when he was at Texas A&M University where he served as a doctoral program coordinator. The skills that he gained there will also contribute to the success here," Sale said.
Ochoa earned his doctoral degree in school psychology from Texas A&M University in 1989, a Master in Education in guidance and counseling from Pan American University in 1984, and a bachelor's in psychology from St. Edward's University in 1981.
He previously held positions at Texas A&M University as School Psychology Doctoral Program coordinator and director of training, interim school psychology program coordinator, interim School Psychology Program coordinator, Educational Diagnostician Program co-coordinator, and program coordinator of the Bilingual Special Education Master's Program.
In addition, Ochoa has been the recipient of numerous professional awards and honors and has written journal articles for numerous publications as well as authored chapters in books and encyclopedia entries. Throughout his career, Ochoa has been awarded $4.2 million in funded grants in which he served as either a principal investigator or co-principal investigator.
Sale said even though Reed and Ochoa will be heading different colleges, he said both will be working toward the same goal - to transform UTPA into a "learner-centered institution."
"They are going to do that by making sure that the high-quality teaching that is currently happening in each of the colleges continues, the research activities continue to increase, and in both of these cases make sure we maintain strong and positive connections to our external communities," Sale said.
These appointments come after a national search by the Deans' Search Committees, which began mid-fall, and included on-campus interviews with highly qualified individuals who were selected from a larger pool of applicants. Each search committee was made up of 10-12 members, consisting mostly of faculty.
"I'd like to commend them (the committee) for bringing such a strong pool of candidates for the on-campus interviews. These are critical positions in the life of a University. They did a tremendous job," Sale said.
Next for UTPA is the search for the dean of the College of Business Administration, which Sale said the college faculty will determine a schedule for in the near future.