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Arriola to become Vice President for External Affairs at UTPA
By Janice Odom, Director of University Relations
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Posted: 10/28/1998
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Roland S. Arriola, executive director of the Office of Center Operations and Community Services (CoSERVE) at The University of Texas-Pan American, has been named the university’s first vice president for external affairs, effective June 1, 1999.

Roland S. Arriola
In announcing the appointment, UTPA president Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez said Arriola will assume the title of vice president-designate on Nov. 1, and will spend the next several months planning for the university’s new Division of External Affairs.

The division will be composed of the existing Division of Institutional Advancement, which includes the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, the Office of University Relations and the Office of Placement and Cooperative Education, and CoSERVE and its 17 community and public service outreach centers.

With the impending retirement next summer of longtime vice president for institutional advancement T. Edward Mercer, Dr. Nevárez said that “this has been an opportune time for the university to evaluate and refocus its externally oriented programs for the future.

“The merging of the two areas will broaden and strengthen UT Pan American’s outreach into the diverse business, cultural, educational and social communities of South Texas and beyond and will help us better address the three areas of our institutional mission — education, research and public service,” said President Nevárez.

“I am very pleased that Roland Arriola has agreed to take on the additional challenges as our first vice president for external affairs. As executive director of CoSERVE, and previously as director of our Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, he has been very successful at attracting financial resources and other support from both public and private entities, and his background will be invaluable to us in the broader institutional advancement arena.”

Arriola, a 1966 graduate of Edinburg High School who attended then-Pan American University for two years, earned bachelor of arts and master of public policy and administration degrees from Baylor University and graduated from Harvard University in 1986 with a master of public administration degree.

In 1982 he was elected as the first Hispanic mayor of the City of Waco; in 1983 he was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men in America by the U.S. Jaycees; and in 1986 he was a national finalist in the White House Fellowship Program.

Before joining UT Pan American as associate director of CEED in 1987, Arriola was chief of economic development for the Texas Department of Community Affairs.

Since 1995, he has been executive director of CoSERVE, a unit within the Office of the President that coordinates the operations and activities of most of the university’s outreach centers.