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Rosalie Ambrosino
Rosalie Ambrosino

Rosalie Ambrosino named provost after national search

By David Gabler
Assistant Vice President for University Communications

(April 5, 2006)--Officials at The University of Texas at San Antonio announced today the selection of Rosalie Ambrosino as provost and vice president for academic affairs, the university's second-highest ranking official. The first woman to serve in the role at UTSA, Ambrosino begins her new duties immediately.

UTSA President Ricardo Romo selected Ambrosino, former UTSA vice president for student affairs, after a nationwide search netted a slate of more than 80 candidates for the position. Ambrosino replaces Guy Bailey, who left UTSA in December to become chancellor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Bailey was UTSA provost for seven years.

"Dr. Ambrosino's talents and experiences will prove fundamental to UTSA's continued growth and development into a premier research university," said Romo. "She is a scholar and dedicated professor with outstanding academic credentials, and she is an experienced administrator who understands the key issues facing higher education in the 21st century. I thank the members of the search committee for their hard work. They interviewed many individuals and presented me with an outstanding group of finalists."

Ambrosino said, "I am honored and humbled at this opportunity to serve UTSA. I look forward to working closely with President Romo, the deans, faculty and staff in academic affairs as we take the university to new levels of excellence. I thank all my colleagues in student affairs, and I look forward to expanding partnerships across the university."

The UTSA provost, who reports to the president, is responsible for academic leadership in ensuring curricula, teaching and research of superior quality; working with Faculty Senate on matters of general welfare for the university; building and overseeing the university budget; advising the president on plans, policies and operations; and representing the university in the president's absence at state and regional organizations.

Additionally, the provost oversees all aspects of the professional and academic accreditation of academic programs, academic space, faculty development and academic personnel, including coordination within the University of Texas System and with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

James McDonald, UTSA professor of anthropology and chair of the 18-member university provost search committee, forwarded Romo an unranked list of three finalists at the end of the committee's deliberations. Each finalist spent two days meeting with faculty, students, staff and community members at both the 1604 and Downtown campuses.

"We were privileged to have such an impressive pool of applicants, and the finalists represented a group of administrators with a rich array of skills, talents and experience," said McDonald. "Rosalie Ambrosino is an outstanding leader who will help steward UTSA toward a new level of competitiveness as an outstanding undergraduate and research-intensive institution."

Ambrosino joined UTSA in 1999 as associate vice president for undergraduate studies. She was named vice provost for undergraduate studies and enrollment services in September 2000 and vice president for student affairs and undergraduate studies in April 2001.

Before joining UTSA, Ambrosino was associate professor of social work at the University of Texas at Austin where she was recognized for distinguished teaching. Her career at UT Austin spans 1977 to 1999. A social worker with a special interest in social welfare policy and multicultural education, Ambrosino directed the School of Social Work undergraduate program at UT Austin and was one of the school's first 12 faculty members selected to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Ambrosino holds a bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Minnesota, a master's degree in educational administration and multicultural education from Antioch University, and a doctorate in social work from UT Austin.

She began her career at UT Austin at the Center for Social Work Research, where she oversaw more than $5 million of federally- and state-funded research and training projects in child welfare and welfare reform. Ambrosino also is the lead author of "Social Work and Social Welfare," which soon will be in its sixth edition.

While at UT Austin, Ambrosino was recognized for her service to students and her commitment to excellence in teaching. She received seven university teaching awards, including the William Blunk Professorship and the Chancellor's Teaching Award.

As UTSA vice president for student affairs and undergraduate studies, Ambrosino oversaw a number of offices and programs, including the Office of Academic Support and Undergraduate Studies, Office of Admissions, Office of the Registrar and Office of Student Financial Aid. Additionally, as the chief student affairs administrator, she was responsible for UTSA's Division I athletics program.

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