(Feb. 23, 2011)--On Monday, Feb. 21 at the Marriott New Orleans, District Four of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education honored UTSA President Ricardo Romo with its distinguished E. Joseph Savoie Chief Executive Leadership Award for his guidance in transforming UTSA from a regional campus to an emerging Tier One research university.
The service award, better known by CASE District IV members as the "CEO of the Year" award, is one of the highest honors given annually to a university president, chancellor or other institutional CEO for successfully promoting education and institutional advancement. CASE District IV includes members in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mexico.
"President Romo is extremely deserving of CASE's CEO of the Year award," said Marjie French, UTSA vice president for university advancement. "He is a native Texan who has dedicated his life to accessibility in higher education, and under his leadership, UTSA has grown to become an aspiring Tier One research institution with the full support of the community. CASE couldn't have picked a better leader to honor this year."
Romo became UTSA's fifth president in May 1999. Since that time, he has guided UTSA through significant institutional growth by strategically focusing on scholarship, educational access, enriched experiences and service to the community. In the last decade, UTSA's enrollment has grown nearly 50 percent to more than 30,000 students, and the university has added numerous programs and facilities to enhance student life.
With Romo at the helm, UTSA has nearly tripled the number of advisers on its campuses and has become a recognized leader in "Closing the Gaps," an initiative of the Texas Legislature which seeks to increase the number of Texans enrolled in higher education institutions.
A nationally recognized and respected urban historian, Romo earned his doctorate in history from UCLA, his master's degree in history from Loyola Marymount University and his bachelor's degree in education from the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of "East Los Angeles: History of a Barrio," currently in its ninth edition and available in both English and Spanish.
While at UTSA, Romo has served on a variety of national and international boards and commissions related to education including the President's Board of Advisers on Historically Black Colleges and Universities; the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; and the Commission for College Ready Texas. Additionally, he serves on more than 20 local boards and is particularly involved with San Antonio museums and United Way.
UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and Houston's Russian Children's Theater presents "Wonderful Journey of Nils Holgerson"
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ART 2.03.02B), Main Campus
Take Back the Night is an international initiative to end violence. The event begins with banner making, followed by a march, presentations and poetry reading.
Sombrilla, Main Campus
Members of the UTSA community have published “Adapt and Overcome: Essays of the Student Veteran Experience,” an important book to help active duty military and veterans successfully transition to college life. The event includes a panel discussion with UTSA alumni student veterans who contributed chapters to the book. Guests can also purchase the book. All proceeds benefit the UTSA Student Veteran Association.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Graduate School is hosting a panel discussion for all of our current students, alumni and members of the San Antonio community who are interested in learning more about graduate education.
Graduate School and Research Building (GSR 1.204), Main Campus
The annual UTSA Graduate fair gives students an opportunity to meet representatives who can provide the information on admission requirements, fellowship opportunities, and other key information.
University Center, Main Campus
A recruiter will speak to potential candidates for the Archer program. The Archer program has helped students land successful careers in public service.
Durango Building (DB 2.208), Downtown Campus
Canadian scholar Jasmin Hristov will present a lecture on paramilitarism, complex type of politically-motivated violence in different parts of Latin America. This presentation will explain paramilitary violence as a tool of economic globalization.
Buena Vista St. Bldg., Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Engineering Technology Symposium showcases innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines including engineering, science and business. The public is invited.
H-E-B UC Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.