Open campus forums start today for VP for business affairs candidates
Posted: 06/17/2010
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The University of Texas-Pan American is close to hiring their next vice president for business affairs as a search committee has narrowed the list of applicants to four candidates who will begin campus visits today.

After a nationwide search, UTPA will be conducting interviews with the candidates vying for the chance to lead UTPA's Division of Business Affairs, which is responsible for addressing the business and finance needs of the University community and a $243.8 million budget.

During the campus visits, all candidates will meet with academic deans, department chairs, student leaders and the search committee, composed of faculty, staff and students formed under the direction of UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen.

In addition, the candidates will meet with the current Vice President for Business Affairs James R. Langabeer, who announced his retirement in February 2010, after 22 years of service to UTPA. Langabeer will retire in August.

Open Campus Forums for students, faculty and staff to meet and hear from the candidates will be scheduled from 1-1:55 p.m. on the following days:

June 17, Student Union Theater - Chet Lewis, associate vice president for business affairs, The University of Texas at Brownsville

June 22, Student Union Theater - Dr. Greg Gunderson, assistant dean for business & fiscal affairs, College of Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

June 23, Student Union Theater - Andrea F. Jaeckel, associate vice president for finance, Eastern Michigan University

June 25, University Ballroom - Martin V. Baylor, associate vice president for business affairs - budget and resource planning, The University of Texas at Dallas

Candidates will make opening remarks and participate in question and answer sessions at the forums.

The University community is encouraged to attend all the open forums with the four candidates.

In addition, UTPA is conducting a nationwide search for its next vice president for the Division of Academic Affairs and Provost, necessitated by the move in April 2010 of Dr. Paul Sale, who returned to a full-time professorship in the College of Education.

The University recently completed the search for two new deans to lead the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the College of Science and Mathematics, which were born from the current College of Science and Engineering at UTPA and will function as two colleges beginning in fall 2010. Dr. David H. Allen, former Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Nebraska, will serve as the dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science and Dr. John M. Trant, former Associate Vice President of Faculty Affairs/Academic Affairs at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, will lead the College of Science and Mathematics.

For more information on the vice president for business affairs candidates, visit