Tuesday, November 28, 2017

UTSA Community Services advances strategic planning process with new staff position

Sonia Martinez named Assistant to the Vice President for Community Services.

(April 14, 2017) -- UTSA Vice President for Community Services Jude Valdez today announced the advancement of the strategic planning process for the Downtown and Hemisfair campuses with the appointment of Sonia Martinez as Assistant to the Vice President for Community Services. Last fall, Valdez assumed administrative leadership responsibilities for the Downtown Campus in addition to overseeing UTSA's community service programs.

Martinez will assist Valdez with key strategic projects involving the evolution and development of the Downtown and Hemisfair campuses. She will also be involved in initiatives that grow and diversify Community Services programs and will conduct research and analysis in support of programmatic initiatives for Community Services.

"The Downtown and Hemisfair campuses are located in the heart of San Antonio and provide access to excellence for students and professionals training and working in the urban core. Our goal is to maximize these vital resources to carry on our commitment to excellence in academics, research and community service," said Valdez. "Ms. Martinez brings a depth of experience and a strong set of skills to this position that will further advance the UTSA mission."

Martinez has been with UTSA for the past 14 years and has a background in academics, research, student development and fundraising. Most recently, she served as chief of staff in the Office of the President. Prior to joining UTSA, Martinez served in various capacities at UT Austin for 12 years.

In December, a task force was established to evaluate and make recommendations on the alignment of the Downtown Campus to the university's overall strategic priorities. It is examining the many facets of the university's downtown resources, focusing on academics, community engagement, space utilization and revenue-generating opportunities.

UTSA is ranked among the top 400 universities in the world and among the top 100 in the nation, according to Times Higher Education.

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