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UTSA Center for Community and Business Research names director

Thomas Tunstall

Thomas Tunstall

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(Jan. 5, 2012) -- Thomas Tunstall has been appointed director of the Center for Community and Business Research at the UTSA Institute for Economic Development. He comes to the center with many years of experience in economic development, strategic planning, IT management and research for corporate and governmental entities including KPMG Consulting and USAID. Tunstall holds a doctorate in economics and public policy and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Tunstall's career includes work with small businesses across the United States as well as international business development experience in Azerbaijan, Kenya, Zambia, Guam and Afghanistan. He is the author of "Outsourcing and Management" (2007).

"Dr. Tunstall brings a unique combination of skills as a business consultant, economic development practitioner, Ph.D. economist, public policy expert and communicator to UTSA," said Robert McKinley, UTSA associate vice president for economic development. "We welcome his expertise, which will help our clients accurately present their important roles in the economy and guide formation of key policy objectives."

Tunstall was attracted by UTSA's rapidly growing enrollment and aspirations to become a Tier One research university.

"I believe strongly that the Institute for Economic Development can work with UTSA faculty, students and stakeholders across the board in the South Texas community to advance those Tier One aspirations significantly through innovative research," Tunstall said.

The Center for Community and Business Research provides research and information to economic development agencies, workforce development boards, businesses, associations, city/state/federal governments and other community stakeholders in search of information to make well-founded business and policy decisions. CCBR's capabilities include economic impact analyses, assessments and feasibility studies on topics such as the Eagle Ford Shale, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, targeted industry recruitment and repurposing military bases for commercial use.

The UTSA Institute for Economic Development is dedicated to creating jobs, growing businesses and fostering economic development. Its diverse centers and programs provide professional business advising, technical training, research and strategic planning for entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders. Our programs serve San Antonio and the Texas-Mexico border area as well as regional, national and international stakeholders. With federal, state and local governments, and private businesses, the UTSA Institute for Economic Development fosters economic and community development in support of UTSA's community engagement mission.



Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus

Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 9, 8 a.m.

College of Sciences Research Conference

The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main Campus

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