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Committee continues forums in IT job search

By David Gabler
Assistant Vice President for Communications

(Feb. 1, 2006)--Understanding the importance of using information technology for the greatest impact and benefit to the UTSA community, President Ricardo Romo has appointed a search committee representing UTSA faculty, students and staff to seek candidates for the vacant position of UTSA associate vice provost for information technology.

As part of the search process, the committee will conduct public meetings to gain input with meetings at the 1604 and Downtown campuses.

Forums are set for 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1 in the John Peace Library Building Assembly Room (4.03.08), 1604 Campus, and 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1 in the Buena Vista Street Building Assembly Room (1.338), Downtown Campus.

"We want to gain a broad understanding of the university community's needs in the area of information technology, so we can recommend extremely qualified candidates to President Romo," said Sonia Martinez, vice president for university advancement and chair of the IT search committee. "The individual chosen will serve as UTSA's chief information officer and is crucial to leading our efforts in maximizing the use of technology as the institution continues its pursuit of becoming a premier research university."

As part of the search, the committee chose to advertise in national publications such as The Chronicle of Higher Education, Diversity and Hispanic Outlook -- along with using resources such as EDUCAUSE, a national organization whose membership includes professionals in the IT community. The committee hopes to complete the search by the end of the spring semester.

Reporting to the provost and vice president for academic affairs, the associate vice provost for information technology is responsible for strategic planning in academic, research and administrative computing for UTSA. The UTSA Office of Information Technology (OIT) consists of 145 full-time professionals in six departments, in addition to a central executive support staff in the OIT office.

Along with Martinez, the search committee includes Mauli Agrawal, interim dean of the College of Engineering; Joe DeCristoforo, registrar and assistant vice president for student affairs; Eugene Dowdy, chair of the Department of Music; Carolyn Ellis, Web and information systems manager for the Institute for Economic Development; Craig Evans, director of Web and multimedia services; Wendell Fuqua, director of media production at the Institute of Texan Cultures; David Gabler, assistant vice president for communications; Victor Heller, interim chair of the Department of Management; Barbara Jakubowski, systems librarian for the UTSA Library; George Jeffery, senior systems analyst in the Office of the Provost; Jeffrey Kantor, associate vice president for research; Richard Knight, graduate student in physics; Mary Simon, director of management reporting and analysis; Sandra Welch, vice provost and interim associate vice provost for information technology; and Jesse Zapata, vice provost for the Downtown Campus.

In addition to public forums, an online survey will be posted by early February to gather information on information technology needs from members of the university community.

For more information on the OIT job search, visit www.utsa.edu/ciosearch.

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