(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.
This UTSA tradition is a fun, engaging opportunity for Roadrunners to learn about the facilities, recreation programs and wellness services offered at the Main and Downtown Campuses while also enjoying tons of games and activities with new and old friends.
Recreation and Wellness Center Texas Room (RWC 2.214) and San Antonio Room (RWC 2.218), Main Campus
The UTSA Ambassadors are here to help students find their classes before the first day of school! Bring your class schedule to the UTSA Ambassadors table in the Student Union Ski Lodge (near Chili’s Too!), and they will help you navigate the campus to find your classes.
Student Union Ski Lodge (SU 1.01.00), Main Campus
Kickback at the Union is a welcome back event for new and returning Roadrunners. Come relax and learn about the Student Union, enjoy free food, games, photo booth, and a chance to connect with each department in the Union. Arrive early for free t-shirt and stay late for a movie.
Student Union Paseo and Buildings, Main Campus
Following Kickback, stick around the Union for a free screening of Avengers Infinity Wars.
Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
The Honors College welcomes its new freshmen with a breakfast, meet and greet with Honors College administrators, faculty, staff and peers and an opportunity to learn about the experiences they will have with the Honors College.
Student Union Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
This UTSA tradition marks the start of a new academic year. All new students gather together as UTSA President Taylor Eighmy, administration and faculty welcome them to Roadrunner Nation.
Convocation Center, Main Campus and overflow seating in Recreation and Wellness Center
This is an opportunity for students to learn everything they need to know about their major and college. Each UTSA academic college has a lot to offer including mentoring, class information, support and research opportunities.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campus
This is a casual event where new students can meet their college mentor.
Recreation and Wellness Center, Main Campus
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