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Julius Gribou
Julius Gribou

UTSA names interim provost and vice president

By David Gabler
Assistant Vice President for Communications

(May 9, 2007)--The University of Texas at San Antonio announced today the appointment of Julius Gribou as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, effective May 24. He will replace Rosalie Ambrosino, who recently announced she would step down to return to teaching and research.

Gribou, the Roland K. Blumberg Endowed Professor of Architecture, has served as the founding dean of the College of Architecture at UTSA since 2002. Gribou joined UTSA in 2000 as a professor and director of the School of Architecture before it became one of the university's colleges.

"Julius Gribou's outstanding record as a senior administrator and educator have been instrumental in the growth and development of UTSA's College of Architecture," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "He is a true asset to UTSA, and his leadership in one of UTSA's fastest growing programs has prepared him well to assume this role while we conduct a national search."

Before joining UTSA, Gribou was professor and department head of the architecture program at Texas A&M University. He earned a master's degree in architecture from the University of Illinois and a bachelor's degree in design from the University of Florida. Gribou was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Poland in 1991, where he researched the country's historic preservation systems.

Professionally, Gribou is equally active with the American Institute of Architects and Texas Society of Architects in officer positions and has held committee memberships at the local, state and national levels.

Among his awards and accomplishments are the Edward J. Romieniec FAIA Award from the Texas Society of Architects in 2003, a presidential citation from the Texas Society of Architects in 2000 and, over the past several years, Gribou has served as a juror for nine national and regional design award competitions.

Gribou's community involvement includes serving as a board member for the Southwest School of Art and Craft and the Texas Architectural Foundation. He also is an active member of the Monte Vista Historical Association and the Downtown Advisory Board.

As interim provost, Gribou will work with President Romo, Office of the Provost staff and college deans to ensure a smooth transition during the search for a new provost.

"UTSA has an outstanding collaborative team of administrators and faculty members in academic affairs," Gribou said. "I intend to support them and work to help the university continue its move toward becoming a premier public research university without losing any of our current momentum."

Ambrosino, an expert in social welfare policy and multicultural education, served as provost at UTSA since 2005.

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