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."