(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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