(Jan. 20, 2012) -- Lynda Y. de la Viña announced today that she is stepping down as dean of the UTSA College of Business effective May 31, 2012, to return to teaching.
"I am grateful to Dr. de la Viña for her leadership and many years of service to this university," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "Her vision and strategic planning over the past seven years have brought many well-deserved accolades to the College of Business and will continue to pave the way for great things to come, I am sure."
De la Viña will be taking leave for the remainder of the spring semester and the fall. Daniel Hollas, senior associate dean in the College of Business, has been named acting dean effective today.
"Dr. Hollas is a valued administrator and will smoothly lead the college through this period of transition," said John Frederick, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "I will work closely with the college to appoint an interim dean while we undertake a nationwide search for a new business dean."
De la Vina has led the college since September 2004, when she was named interim dean following the resignation of Bruce Bublitz. She was named dean in July 2005.
In spring 2013, de la Viña will join the faculty of the newly created Department of Entrepreneurship and Technology Management as the Peter Flawn Professor. She also will continue to serve as director of the Center for Global Entrepreneurship.
"This decision allows me to transition and refocus my efforts in an area of passion for me -- entrepreneurship," said de la Viña. "It has been my honor and privilege to serve as dean of the UTSA College of Business. I deeply appreciate the support and assistance I have received from the university and the San Antonio business community in partnering with the College of Business in pursuing our mission and achieving our vision."
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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