Joseph Stafford
Joseph Stafford

UTSA names vice president for administration

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(Sept. 30, 2005)--The University of Texas at San Antonio's president, Ricardo Romo, announces the appointment of Joseph Stafford to the position of vice president for administration.

Stafford will be responsible for institutional planning and research. He will coordinate the university's efforts to maximize its state appropriations and take a leadership role in preparation for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation. Additionally, Stafford will oversee several special projects for the president, including UTSA's efforts to obtain part of the George W. Bush Presidential Library.

Stafford has reported to the UTSA president since September 2004 in the newly created position of vice president for research and graduate studies. Previously, he was vice provost for research and graduate studies, reporting to the provost.

"Joe Stafford has demonstrated outstanding leadership as vice president for research and graduate studies," said Romo. "He has worked closely with community organizations on infrastructure security issues and will serve the university well with his expertise in planning and budgeting."

"I am very pleased with the team that we have assembled in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies," said Stafford. "I look forward to working with President Romo on the broader set of issues associated with the new position, and striving to achieve UTSA's grand vision of premier research university status."

Stafford served as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs with The University of Texas System in Austin from 1982 to 2001. During that time, he began his relationship with UTSA working with the vice president for administration.

Previously, Stafford was vice chancellor for planning and budgeting for the State University System of Florida. He earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at Purdue University and was a civil engineering professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

During Stafford's UTSA tenure, the Office of Graduate Studies was converted to the Graduate School and positions were created to support university growth, including the directors of business support services and research compliance.

Since 1999, UTSA research grant applications have increased 99 percent and research awards increased 96 percent. In that time period, 12 of the 15 UTSA doctoral programs were established and three more recently were submitted for approval.

For more information, contact David Gabler, assistant vice president for university communications, at (210) 458-4550.

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