Candidates for new provost to visit UTPA next week
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Posted: 09/02/2010
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The search for a new provost/vice president for Academic Affairs position at The University of Texas-Pan American has been narrowed down to three candidates who will visit the Edinburg campus starting next week to meet with the faculty, students and staff.

Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, deputy provost and professor in the department of sociology at the University of Delaware, Dr. John M. de Castro, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Sam Houston State University, and Dr. Geralyn McClure Franklin, dean of the College of Business and professor of management at the University of Dallas, are the three candidates in the running for the position vacated by Dr. Paul Sale, who returned to a full-tenured professorship earlier this year.

Rodríguez will be the first candidate to meet with the University community Tuesday, Sept. 7. Rodríguez has served as deputy provost since 2009 and is a core faculty member and former director of the Disaster Research Center, the oldest and one of the leading social science disaster research centers in the world. He has also had faculty and administrative positions at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez and has been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan's Population Fellow's Program and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Rodríguez also served as director of the minority affairs program for the American Sociological Association, and has been a member of committees for the National Academies of Science and review panels for the National Science Foundation and Ford Foundation, according to his vita.

De Castro will come to UTPA Thursday, Sept. 9. He has been Sam Houston State University's dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences since 2006. Previously, he served as professor and chair of the department of psychology at The University of Texas at El Paso and as a professor in the department of psychology at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

De Castro, whose research focuses on food and fluid intake, and body weight regulation in humans, has published more than 150 scientific articles, papers and book chapters about topics including nutrition and food intake as it relates to age, demographics, as well as physiological, psychological and sociological determinants. He is the past recipient of the 2007 11th annual John M. Kinney Award for Nutrition and Metabolism, Honors Professor of the Year and Psi Chi Psychology Professor of the Year, according to his vita.

Franklin will meet with the UTPA community Wednesday, Sept. 15. She has been in her latest position since 2009 and also has served as dean of the College of Business at the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg and the dean of the School of Business at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

Franklin is well-known for her expertise in AACSB International accreditation, the premier accrediting body for business programs. She serves as a member of the AACSB's Board of Directors and Doctoral Faculty Shortage Working Group. Her primary teaching areas are human resource management, employee and labor relations and employment law, according to her vita.

All of the open forums will take place at the Student Union Theater from 1-1:55 p.m. For more information about the candidates, visit