Lynda de la Vina
Lynda de la Vina

Lynda de la Vina named interim dean of business

(Sept. 15, 2004)--Lynda de la Vina was named interim dean and the Peter Flawn Professor of Economics in the UTSA College of Business. She is the first woman and first Hispanic to serve as UTSA College of Business dean and the only female Hispanic business dean in the University of Texas System.

Returning home following six years on the East Coast, de la Vina previously served as associate dean of the Graduate Division of Business and Management and chair of the Department of Finance and International Business at Johns Hopkins University. The M.B.A. program at Johns Hopkins was ranked the fourth largest in the nation.

"We are very pleased to recruit Lynda de la Vina back to UTSA and the College of Business," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "She is a very talented scholar, teacher and administrator with a distinguished record in both academia and government service."

De la Vina began her duties Sept. 1. She also will serve as executive director of the planned Center for Global Entrepreneurship. Most recently, she was a finalist for the presidency at UT Pan American.

In 1998, she was a presidential appointee to the U.S. Department of Treasury and served as deputy assistant secretary for economic policy until 2001. Although her work portfolio was expansive dealing with domestic and international economic policy issues, she led Treasury teams on issues of personal commitment such as financial literacy, small business development and U.S.-Mexico border development.

Prior to her career in Washington, D.C., de la Vina served 19 years at UTSA in ascending positions of administrative responsibility. She began at UTSA in 1979 as assistant director of the Human Resources Management and Development Program. Following that she joined the Department of Economics faculty in 1982 and was named executive director of the Institute for Studies in Business in 1985. She served as associate dean of graduate studies and research in the college from 1993 to 1998.

De la Vina received master's and doctorate degrees in economics from Rice University and her bachelor's degree in government and economics from UT Pan American. She was the first Mexican-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in economics in the United States.

She succeeds Bruce Bublitz, who served as business dean for four years. Bublitz begins a new assignment in the Office of the Provost to develop a financial plan for moving UTSA to tier-one research status.

The UTSA College of Business is accredited by AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It is one of the 40 largest business schools in the nation with more than 5,600 enrolled students and 37 different graduate and undergraduate business programs.

--Wendy Frost

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