Director of Customer Service and Operations Support Represents OIT on 2017 Leadership UTSA Team

December 01, 2017



Ben Garcia and Kevin Kjosa in a group photo with the 2017 Leadership Team 

Ben Garcia (far right in third row, Kevin Kjosa (center of the back row) and the rest of the 2017 Leadership UTSA team.

Written by: Nicole Duff, Communications Specialist

Director of Customer Service and Operations Support Ben Garcia is serving on the 2017-2018 Leadership UTSA team. As the only representative from OIT nominated to serve this two-year term, Garcia, along with faculty and staff from across the university, is helping to shape leaders at UTSA.

“It is a huge honor for me to be part of this initiative to foster the development of future leaders at UTSA,” said Garcia. “I think Leadership UTSA is a great program. It is built with a lot of creativity and flexibility for the participants.”

Leadership UTSA is a program through which participants are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to further thrive in their current position. The program is tailored to offer faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds valuable insights regarding leadership and how they can serve UTSA and the higher education community.

The program convenes on a monthly basis and features all-day workshops and mentoring sessions that foster collaboration and educate participants about myriad topics centered on leadership. These include an introduction to leadership styles, strategy, and communications, diversity and inclusion, conflict resolution, and more.

Garcia, who initially served as a participant of the program in 2015, now helps to conduct training exercises for this program. In addition, Chief Information Security Operations Officer from the Office of Information Security (OIS) Kevin Kjosa served as a 2016-2017 participant of the program.

“I think this is an outstanding program,” said Garcia. “This is a great way of understanding leadership frameworks and strategy, and it helps our UTSA participants prepare for the trials and tribulations involved in higher education management helping them to become better leaders.”

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To learn more about the Leadership UTSA program, click here.