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UTSA announces administrative changes

(Sept. 1, 2004)--The University of Texas at San Antonio announces these administrative changes:

Joseph Stafford was named to the newly created position of vice president for research and graduate studies. He is the former associate vice chancellor for academic affairs with the UT System.

Mary McNaughton-Cassill was appointed associate dean of undergraduate studies, a newly created UTSA position. She is an associate professor of psychology and the former College of Liberal and Fine Arts associate dean for undergraduate studies.

William A. Baker was named interim dean for the College of Sciences. Before joining UTSA, he served as provost at UT Arlington and UT Tyler.

Lynda de la Vina returns to UTSA after six years to serve as interim dean of the College of Business. She is the former associate dean and professor of economics at Johns Hopkins University.

Dorothy Flannagan was appointed dean of the UTSA Graduate School. The Graduate School was formerly named the Office of Graduate Studies. Previously, Flannagan was interim dean of graduate studies.

Daniel Gelo was named dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts after serving as interim dean. Gelo is a professor of anthropology and served as chair of the Department of Anthropology.

Betty Merchant was appointed interim dean of the College of Education and Human Development, replacing Dean Blandina Cardenas who recently was named president of UT Pan American. Merchant is a professor of education and the former chair of the Department of Educational Leadership.

Donna Nanny is now assistant dean for business affairs in the College of Sciences. Previously, she was administrative services officer in the College of Education and Human Development.

--Tim Brownlee

University Communications
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