(May 10, 2010)--Governor Rick Perry has named UTSA Professor Lloyd Potter state demographer for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor. Potter will serve as director of the Texas State Data Center (the state demographer's office) housed at The University of Texas at San Antonio.
With a high-profile Latino population, experts say San Antonio is an excellent location for the Texas State Data Center because the city's demographics are predictive of the national demographic trend in coming decades. The center distributes census information for the state as well as Texas population estimates and projections, and information from federal, state and other government sources.
Potter is director of the UTSA Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research, professor of demography and interim chair of the Department of Demography and Organization Studies. His work focuses on understanding and communicating demographic processes in Texas, training doctoral-level applied demographers in public policy and health, and conducting demographic research on public policy and health-related topics.
"UTSA is proud to be the home of the Texas state demographer -- the third from our university," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "The governor chose an outstanding researcher who will provide high-quality information and analysis to business and community leaders. With our first doctoral student in applied demography graduating this month, we are excited that Dr. Potter will continue to provide educational opportunities for our graduate students."
"There are about 25 million reasons, among quite a few others, to be proud of Texas. Our people are our greatest asset," said Potter. "As the Texas state demographer, I am thankful to have the opportunity to support state and local policy makers in their efforts to improve the lives of our people by providing them with objective information about the composition, characteristics and distribution of the people of our state."
Potter holds a Ph.D. in demography and sociology from the University of Texas at Austin, a master of public health degree from Emory University, an M.S. degree in education from University of Houston at Clear Lake and a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University,
Before coming to UTSA, he served as director of the National Suicide Prevention Resource Center funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration while working at the Education Development Center Inc. (EDC) in Newton, Mass. At EDC, he was director of the Children's Safety Network funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. Previously, Potter managed youth violence and suicide prevention efforts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
For more information, contact the Office of the Governor at 512-463-2000.
Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.
Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.
Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.
Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus
The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
Victor Cyrus, Jr will see his first book of poetry published this fall
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