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UTSA realigns research program as it moves toward Tier One status

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(Feb. 10, 2012) -- In an effort to more closely align The University of Texas at San Antonio's education and research programs as the university grows to Tier One, UTSA President Ricardo Romo announces that Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John Frederick will assume interim responsibility for the UTSA Office of the Vice President for Research and Vice President for Research Robert Gracy will assume the role of special assistant to UTSA President Ricardo Romo.

"As we continue to build a premier research university for San Antonio and for Texas, it is an optimal time to more closely align the university's strengths in both education and research," said Romo. "By doing so, we can develop new and expand existing research opportunities that best fit the research goals of our colleges."

Moving forward, Frederick will review UTSA's research program to better position it as a service organization in support of UTSA's research faculty. He also will meet with members of the UTSA community to develop recommendations that will be used when UTSA begins to search for a new vice president for research in approximately one year.

Gracy will work with Romo to foster new partnerships with external research organizations, primarily focusing on strategic collaborations and commercialization efforts. In addition, Gracy will serve as an adviser to the provost.

"I am very grateful for Bob's service to UTSA," said Romo. "We share a common commitment to the university's mission to become a premier public research university and during the last five years, we have made progress toward becoming such an institution. I am looking forward to working with him as we continue our efforts."

 

 

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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