(Feb. 19, 2014) -- After serving as UTSA's executive vice provost since 2008, Julius Gribou announced today that he is stepping down from his administrative duties to return to the faculty effective May 31, 2014. Beginning in the fall, Gribou will supervise and teach full time in the university's study-abroad program in Urbino, Italy.
"I have appreciated Julius's wise counsel over the last six years and have especially enjoyed the spirit of conviviality that he brings to our office every day," said John H. Frederick, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "I know that he will continue to serve UTSA well in his new role."
As executive vice provost, Gribou serves as senior international officer and oversees space planning and allocation and also academic affairs compliance issues. To carry out some of Gribou's regular duties, Sandy Welch, vice provost for institutional effectiveness, and Jesse Zapata, vice provost for academic and faculty support and vice provost of the Downtown Campus, both have been promoted to senior vice provost. Welch has directed the university's Graduation Rate Improvement Plan for the last two years; in his academic and faculty support role, Zapata oversees faculty development initiatives and policy formulation.
Assuming the duties of senior international officer will be demography professor René Zenteno, who will fill the newly created position of vice provost for international initiatives. Zenteno, who joined UTSA in 2013, formerly was undersecretary of population, migration and religious affairs in the Ministry of the Interior in Mexico and executive director of the Center for U.S.–Mexico Studies at the University of California, San Diego.
"René is a highly recognized scholar who brings tremendous experience and leadership to this position, and he will be instrumental as the university continues to develop partnerships in Latin America and worldwide," said Frederick.
Since joining UTSA, Zenteno has been involved in the university's initiatives in Mexico, particularly at Monterrey Institute of Technology, with which UTSA is establishing a comprehensive collaboration to include student and faculty/staff exchange programs and cooperative research projects.
"I am very grateful to Julius Gribou for his tireless dedication in establishing UTSA's presence abroad," said Zenteno. "I hope to continue to build upon that foundation to enhance the university's reputation internationally and to provide outstanding opportunities for our students and faculty."
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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