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UTSA Executive Vice Provost Julius Gribou to return to faculty

Julius Gribou
Rene Zenteno

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(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."



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. 7, 6:30 p.m.

The Impact of the 84th Texas Legislative Session on Public Schools: Any Rain in Sight or Are Those Smoke Clouds on the Horizon?

Join the College of Education and Human Development's Center for Educational Leadership, Policy and Professional Development for a discussion about what passed and what didn't in the last legislative session and what it means for Bexar County Public Schools. 
Durango Building Southwest Room (DB 1.124), 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. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (2.03.15-18), Main Campus

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