(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.
Mimi Marziani, executive director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, will speak about civil rights advocacy, political campaigns, election law and nonprofit management.
SAWS Headquarters, 2800 U.S. Highway 281 North, San Antonio
Join the Center for Military Families for a panel on Politics in the Service of Military Families, featuring Cedric Leighton, David Splitter, Steve Huerta, and the Office of Congressman Henry Cuellar. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Street Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
UTSA Dance classes will take the stage and share their talents and passion for dance! Come support our growing dance program! $10 admission
Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
This panel presentation will look at the history of the YWCA and the impact the organization has had on women in the San Antonio community.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 2.02.10), Main Campus
The Demography Lecture Series continues with Dr. Barbara Bird of American University. Her topic focuses on Insights Into a Hard to Find Population: Latino Entrepreneurs in Metro Washington, D.C. Event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the pay stall spaces of the Monterrey surface lot.
Monterrey Building (MNT 3.240), Downtown Campus
This video tells the story of four Latina lesbians who fought for exoneration after being wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting two girls during the Satanic Panic witch-hunt era of the 1980s and 1990s.
North Paseo Building (NPB 1.114), Main Campus
Tejana/Indígena author Ire'ne Lara Ailva will read from her latest work and discuss her approach to reimagining Tejan@ myths.
Main Building (MB 2.404), Main Campus
Muralist Crystal Arias will discuss her current mural "Cultivate the Past to Prestige" at La India Herbs and themes she utilizes in her other works.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.02.26), Main Campus
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