In the Loop
Governor appoints UTSA professor as state demographer
Gov. Rick Perry named UTSA Professor Lloyd Potter director of the Texas State Data Center, the state demographer’s office housed at The University of Texas at San Antonio.
“There are about 25 million reasons, among quite a few others, to be proud of Texas. Our people are our greatest asset,” said Potter. “As the Texas state demographer, I am thankful to have the opportunity to support state and local policy makers in their efforts to improve the lives of our people by providing them with objective information about the composition, characteristics and distribution of the people of our state.”
With a high-profile Latino population, experts say San Antonio is an excellent location for the Texas State Data Center because the city’s demographics are predictive of the national demographic trend in coming decades. The center distributes census information for the state as well as Texas population estimates and projections, and information from federal, state and other government sources.
“UTSA is proud to be the home of the Texas state demographer—the third from our university,” said President Ricardo Romo. “The governor chose an outstanding researcher who will provide high-quality information and analysis to business and community leaders.”
Potter is director of the UTSA Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research, professor of demography and interim chair of the Department of Demography and Organization Studies. His work focuses on understanding and communicating demographic processes in Texas, training doctoral level applied demographers in public policy and health, and conducting demographic research on public policy and health-related topics.
Potter holds a Ph.D. in demography and sociology from the University of Texas at Austin, a master of public health degree from Emory University, an M.S. degree in education from the University of Houston at Clear Lake and a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University.
Before coming to UTSA, he served as director of the National Suicide Prevention Resource Center funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration while working at the Education Development Center Inc. (EDC) in Newton, Mass. At EDC, he was director of the Children’s Safety Network funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. Previously, Potter managed youth violence and suicide prevention efforts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.