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Lynda de la Vina
Lynda de la Vina

Business dean named to '100 Most Influential Hispanics'

By Wendy Frost
Associate Director of Public Affairs, College of Business

(Nov. 5, 2005)--Lynda Y. de la Vina, dean of the UTSA College of Business, has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine in its October 2005 edition. The magazine has published the listing since 1983.

De la Vina also is the Peter Flawn Professor of Economics and executive director of the Center for Global Entrepreneurship in the UTSA College of Business. She is the first woman to serve as UTSA College of Business dean and the only female Hispanic business dean in the University of Texas System.

She also received within the last few months two prestigious appointments to a governmental advisory committee and a national fellowship program. De la Vina was recently appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the 17-person advisory committee for the newly created Emerging Technology Fund. The $200-million fund was created to foster innovation, research and job creation in emerging high-tech industries.

This fall, de la Vina was named one of 10 fellows in the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Kellogg Leadership Fellows Program. The program is designed to identify and mentor the next generation of higher education leaders. The fellows receive mentoring, training and networking support throughout the yearlong program, which includes intensive workshop sessions and forums throughout the United States.

De la Vina has developed a strategic plan for the College of Business that includes raising the academic profile of the college to become one of the nation's best business schools and creating national distinction through strategic threads of excellence. She has enhanced Latin American partnerships, raised funds for two endowed professorships and developed alliances with other nationally and internationally recognized institutions.

She has led a distinguished career in academic and government service. The first Mexican-American woman at the secretarial level of the U.S. Treasury, de la Vina was appointed deputy assistant secretary for economic policy and served from 1998 to 2001. She is a member of the board of directors of the Center for International Private Enterprise, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Operational Technologies, a technology company that she co-founded.

De la Vina received her master's and doctoral 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.

The UTSA College of Business is the largest undergraduate business program in the University of Texas System and one of the 40 largest business schools in the nation. With more than 6,000 students, the college offers a broad portfolio of programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level. The College of Business is accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

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