The search for the new president of the University of Texas-Pan American goes behind closed doors in Austin during the Wednesday, July 8, meeting of the UT System Board of Regents, Rep. Ismael "Kino" Flores, D-Palmview, has announced.

The agenda item is listed as "UT Pan American: Discussion of individual personnel matters related to presidential search."

Flores, the lone Valley member on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which shapes the two-year state budget, helped secure tens of millions of dollars in state money for UT-Pan American.

"The discussion will be held in executive (closed) session, which is allowed by state law, and will include an update from David Prior, the UT System's vice chancellor for academic affairs,'" Flores said. "Any decisions made by the UT System regents during the closed door meeting on the presidential search, under state law, must be announced in public, when the group returns into an open session."

The regents' meetings, scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, will cover other matters as well.

The sessions will be conducted in the Board Room, 9th Floor, Ashbel Smith Hall, 201 W. 7th Street, which houses the UT System chancellor's office in downtown Austin.

According to the UT System:

• Under Texas State law, only the names of finalists must be made public at least 21 days prior to selection of a president. The Search Advisory Committee will screen nominations and applications and forward a list of prospective candidates for consideration by the UT System Board of Regents. The Board of Regents will then determine a list of finalists for the position and make a public announcement of the names of those finalists;

• The regents rules call for a candidate list of no more than 10 candidates for the board's consideration; and

• The board has full discretion concerning selection of finalists for the position of president of any UT System institution. Generally, each finalist named by the board is scheduled for a visit to the campus to meet with students, faculty, staff and representatives of the community.

"Change agent" sought

Meanwhile, the UT System leadership, through a recent posting soliciting nominations and applications for the powerful position, wants the new leader to be a "change agent" a broad term that generally signals a major turn from the status quo, Flores added.

According to an advertisement by the UT System which was posted on June 8 in the Chronicle of Higher Education, "The University of Texas - Pan American (UTPA) invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the position of President. The university, the broader community and the University of Texas System are seeking a visionary, collaborative, and energetic leader, a scholar teacher and administrator, and a change agent, who will enable all to seize the moment and move the university to new levels of teaching and research excellence."

The advertisement, placed in the Chronicle of Higher Education on June 8, does not provide a salary range. However, according to the salary supplement report filed with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Charles A. Sorber, UTPA's interim president, is drawing a $280,000 annual salary.

Sorber, who took over as interim president in January following the retirement of President Blandina "Bambi" Cárdenas, says he is not seeking the permanent spot.

The advertisement reads as follows:

The University of Texas - Pan American Presidential Search

The University of Texas - Pan American (UTPA) invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the position of President. The university, the broader community and the University of Texas System are seeking a visionary, collaborative, and energetic leader, a scholar teacher and administrator, and a change agent, who will enable all to seize the moment and move the university to new levels of teaching and research excellence. The university seeks to appoint a President who derives deep personal and professional satisfaction in providing excellent educational opportunities for underserved communities, making a real difference, and changing lives. The university is set to become a vibrant force in the economic and social changes occurring in the Rio Grande Valley region of Texas.

The new President must have an appreciation for working with first-generation college students and will be committed to aggressively addressing issues related to student success and student access. Leading candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the importance of establishing the appropriate balance between teaching and research at a university as he/she will lead the task of preserving and nurturing areas of achieved scholarly excellence while fostering the development of new and emerging academic initiatives. Additionally, the successful candidate must have the appropriate academic credentials including an earned doctorate or its equivalent.

Established in 1927, and admitted into the University of Texas System in 1989, UTPA serves a total of 17,534 students (including 2,198 graduate students) coming from 32 different states and various countries, with the majority coming from Texas. UTPA is the 10th largest university in the state and the 5th largest in the UT System. Collectively, the six UTPA colleges offer 56 bachelors, 57 masters, 3 doctoral, and 2 cooperative degree programs. The students at UTPA are supported by over 800 faculty, 1,200 staff and an annual budget of $235 million. The university also benefits from research expenditures totaling almost $8.5 million (FY 2008) and an endowment of $62 million.

Additional information about UTPA and the position can be found on the university website located at: http://www.utpa.edu/. Confidential nominations and inquiries concerning this search may be directed to our consultants. Applications, including letter of interest and curriculum vitae, should be forwarded in confidence, to:

Alberto Pimentel Managing Partner

1111 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 106 Monterey Park, CA 91754

323-260-7889 (FAX)

Electronic submissions are preferred Please submit to: APsearch@storbeckpimentel.com Reference code in subject: UTPANAM

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