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President Romo

Ricardo Romo

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Ricardo Romo became the fifth president of The University of Texas at San Antonio in May 1999. As president, he leads one of the fastest growing institutions of higher education in Texas and the nation. Since he became president, UTSA has become an institution of first choice for students seeking a university degree, and the University is now poised to be one of the state's next premier research universities.

President Romo recently unveiled “The UTSA Plan: A Roadmap to Excellence,” a strategic effort to enhance both access to education and excellence in scholarship and service at the University. As a result, UTSA will more than double the current number of tenured and tenure-track faculty by 2012 and develop additional doctoral programs and research institutes. To accommodate future growth, UTSA plans to add nearly $750 million in new facilities, including an $84 million science building that will be one of the most sophisticated learning centers in the state when it is completed in 2005.

A native of San Antonio's West Side, President Romo graduated from Fox Tech High School and attended the University of Texas at Austin on a track scholarship. He holds a master's degree in history from Loyola Marymount University and a Ph.D. in history from UCLA. A nationally respected urban historian, Romo is the author of “East Los Angeles: History of a Barrio,” which is now in its ninth printing (one in Spanish).

In 1980, President Romo returned to UT Austin to teach history before becoming a vice provost for undergraduate education. From 1987 to 1993, Romo directed the Texas office of the Tomás Rivera Center, housed at Trinity University, where he evaluated the impact of governmental policies on Latinos. In 2002, President Bush appointed him to the President's Board of Advisers on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

President Romo is married to Harriett Romo, an associate professor in social and policy sciences at UTSA. She also works with the National Head Start Family Service Center. They have one son, Carlos, who graduated from Stanford University and now attends the University of Texas School of Law. Their daughter, Anadelia, received a doctoral degree from Harvard University.

A talented photographer, President Romo's photography has been included in several regional art exhibits, including "Havana," a collection of his prints taken in Cuba.

Ricardo Romo
The University of Texas at San Antonio

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