Vice President for University Relations Search 

Position Description

The University of Texas at San Antonio seeks a collaborative leader to serve as Vice President for University Relations (VPUR). Reporting directly to the President and working in concert with all Vice Presidential areas, the VPUR serves as the University’s chief university relations officer providing leadership communications, institutional marketing, community relations and governmental relations functions at UTSA. Responsibilities include: providing high-level oversight and strategy development to reach, influence and collaborate with the university’s external stakeholders; supervising the units within the Vice President of University Relations portfolio; and representing UTSA throughout the state and nation to advance the university’s mission, vision and strategic initiatives.

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Search Committee Members

President Eighmy has appointed a committee of faculty, staff, students and community leaders to conduct the search. 

Myron Anderson, Chair 
Vice President for Inclusive Excellence, UTSA

Maria Alejandro
Program Director, UTSA Center for Civic Engagement

Bernard Arulanandam
Interim Vice President for Research, Economic Development and Knowledge Enterprise, UTSA

Janie Barrera
President and CEO, LiftFund

Trish DeBerry
President and CEO, The DeBerry Group

Mary DeLay
Vice President and Chief of Staff, Office of the President, UT Health San Antonio

Victor Feagins
Undergraduate Student
UTSA President's Student Advisory Council Representative

Dean Hendrix
Dean, UTSA Libraries

Chad Mahood
Associate Professor, Communications, College of Liberal and Fine Arts
UTSA Faculty Senate Representative

Marise McDermott
President and CEO, Witte Museum 

Elisa Perkins
Citymester Program Manager, Honors College
UTSA Staff Council Representative

Application and Nomination Process

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit: a current resume or curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address and telephone number of the nominee. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence.

To apply, please visit:

Letters of nominations should be submitted by email to:

Rosemary Segura
Senior Administrative Associate, UTSA Office of the President
Reference code "UTSA-VPUR" in subject line

This is a security sensitive position. Employment is contingent upon a successful background check. 

UTSA is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


July 2019
•  Position posted

October 2019
•  First-round candidates selected and interviewed, finalists recommended for advancement

Spring 2020
•  Target for VPUR appointment announcement