(March 5, 2018) -- Jude Valdez, UTSA vice president for community services, has announced his intent to retire this summer after nearly 40 years of service to the university. During his time at UTSA, Valdez has been instrumental in leading the university’s community engagement mission.
Valdez joined UTSA in 1979 as the executive director for the College of Business. In that role, he established, administered and secured funding for the Business Development Center, the Small Business Development Center, the Center for Entrepreneurial Development and the Trade Adjustment Assistance Center. Notably, he combined those initiatives in 1979 and became the founding director for the Institute for Economic Development. The institute has since grown to serve nearly 35,000 business and community clients annually in Texas, the nation and Latin America.
In 1986, Valdez became the associate dean of the College of Business and an assistant to the president. In that role, he led executive and professional development as well as economic development programs for the university while moving more broadly into external and community relations.
Then, in 1991, Valdez was appointed to the position of Vice President for Downtown Operations. His responsibilities included identifying a site and developing the Downtown Campus.
In 1993, Valdez was named Vice President for Community Services, his current role, with a significant administrative focus on the Downtown Campus. As Vice President, Valdez has overseen the university’s community engagement programs, including the Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute, the Center for Civic Engagement, the Institute for Economic Development, the Institute of Texan Cultures, the Institute for P-20 Initiatives, the Office of Extended Education/Special Events and the UTSA Mexico Center.
Additionally, Valdez led the planning and development of the UTSA Downtown Campus. The only public university within San Antonio’s inner core, the campus is home to the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, College of Education and Human Development, and College of Public Policy, in addition to many of the university’s community outreach programs.
“Watching UTSA grow since the mid-70s, and helping to establish the downtown campus, has been very rewarding for me, both personally and professionally,” said Valdez. “As much as I’m looking forward to retirement, and the many personal projects I want to pursue, I will always have a great affinity for this university and its mission to build prosperity in San Antonio.”
In 2015, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recognized UTSA’s commitment to serving the San Antonio community by selecting it to receive its prestigious Community Engagement Classification. The honor acknowledged UTSA’s “dynamic and noteworthy” community outreach efforts in San Antonio and its impact on the global community through teaching and research, public service, volunteerism, civic partnerships and economic development, initiatives largely founded and built during Valdez’s tenure with the university.
Most recently, Valdez led the advancement of the strategic plan for the Downtown Campus in alignment with the vision to advance UTSA as San Antonio’s model university of the future.
“Jude has been a tremendous advocate of UTSA by forging partnerships between the university community and others in the San Antonio region through various community outreach initiatives,” said UTSA President Taylor Eighmy. “We thank him for his dedication and valuable contributions to advancing UTSA as San Antonio’s urban serving university.”
While at UTSA, Valdez received the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education 2011 Meritorious Service Award. The award recognizes commitment and service in the improvement of education and employment opportunities for Hispanics in higher education.
He is also a senior lecturer in the UTSA Department of Management, a position he’s held since 1980.
President Eighmy will work with Valdez on a transition plan for the leadership of the Community Services division. Valdez’s last day at UTSA will be June 30.
Learn more about the UTSA Office of the Vice President for Community Services.
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