After a national search, Dr. Teofilo Ozuna was recently named dean of the College of Business Administration at The University of Texas-Pan American.
Ozuna has served in numerous capacities during his time at the University including, vice provost for the Office of Graduate Studies, associate dean for COBA and most recently interim dean of the college for the last year.
UTPA Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Paul Sale said although Ozuna's most recent experience is at UTPA, he has a long successful record at Texas A&M University and has already used that experience to strengthen this campus.
"Dr. Ozuna has the vision, experience, and background to lead the college at a time when UTPA is transforming itself into a learner-centered research institution," Sale said.
Ozuna said first on his list of things to do is continue to focus on hiring excellent faculty who fit the learner-centered research mind-set the University and college are moving toward.
"This will greatly benefit our students and enhance the learning they are engaged in," he said.
There are three areas Ozuna said he would like to excel in, including continuing to enhance the professional development of UTPA students.
"Doing this will complement the knowledge they gain in the classroom and will make them better business leaders," he said. "I want to also create an environment in the college where our faculty excel and become national leaders in their field."
Ozuna said he would also like to redesign the MBA program so that it better fits the new organizational structure that regional, national and global companies are now engaged in.
Ozuna, who has been with UTPA since 2000, will begin his duties as head of the college March 1. As dean, he will lead four departments that offer eight bachelor's degrees, three master's degrees and one doctoral degree.
Ozuna said he is most proud of organizing the student leaders of the 14 business student organizations into the Business Student Advisory Council, which provides the Office of the Dean with feedback on student issues and helps other students engage in professional development and leadership.
"We are already experiencing the leadership accomplishments these student organizations are having regionally, statewide, and internationally," he said. Ozuna received a Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics in 1981, and a doctorate in agricultural economics in 1989 from Texas A&M University.
The College of Business Administration includes the departments of accounting and business law, economics and finance, computer information systems and quantitative methods, and management, marketing and international business. The college currently enrolls more than 2,600 undergraduate and 288 graduate students, as well as 63 doctoral students, with a roster of more than 80 full- and part-time faculty.