Special to The Town Crier
Gilberto de los Santos, PhD. served 31 years as Dean of Students and professor of marketing at The University of Texas-Pan American, from January 1977 to February 2008 when he retired. Through his dedication and hard work, Dr. De los Santos was fortunate to reach and inspire many students that remember him as one of the best teachers they ever had.
The approval of his new status as “Professor Emeritus” is a long process, which starts first with a nomination by colleagues via a vote, a recommendation by the Department Chair, Dean of the College of Business Administration, the Provost, the President, and finally approval by the UT System. Anyone of these administrators can veto the appointment, as the recommendation needs to be unanimous.
The University Of Texas Board Of Regents and the administrators in Austin who govern the University of Texas campuses and affairs throughout the State of Texas have the ultimate decision in this matter. The members of this board are a group of highly distinguished Texas residents who are appointed by the governor.
“I am excited, appreciative, and humbled by the opportunity to continue my affiliation with the wonderful students, staff, professors, and administrators from The University of Texas-Pan American.” said Dr. De los Santos.
Dr. De los Santos authored and co-authored over 100 publications, and provided marketing and economic consulting services to dozens of local, regional, and national corporations through out his extensive career. His research focused on the RGV economic development and Winter Texans.
Currently he is working on several projects one of them with Texas Border Business, monthly publication that serves the Rio Grande Valley. He is in charge of producing Feature Exclusive stories and profiles of distinguished business people and public servants who have made significant contributions to improve the quality of life for residents of the Rio Grande Valley. Dr. de los Santos said, “I feel like I have gone back to school for post-graduate studies. These civic and business executives have been truly giving of their time, talent, and hard work—and they are so willing to share the secrets of their success with others. We can all learn so much from these successful leaders who have contributed so much to improve our Rio Grande Valley Region.”
On Feb. 11, of 2009, Texas Senator Lucio, Jr. promoted a resolution in honor of Dr. De los Santos, thought It the senate recognized his efforts during the more than three decades as professor.
Through resolution No. 195 signed by David Dewhurst, president of the Texas Senate and Texas senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. it was resolved that the Senate of the State of Texas, 81st Legislature commended Dr. Gilberto e los Santos on his many contributions to academic excellence at the University of Texas Pan American and extended congratulations to him on being awarded the title of professor emeritus.
It was also resolved that a copy of this Resolution be prepared for him as an expression of esteem from the Texas Senate. The McAllen Rotary Club South headed by Joe Aleman, president, and Brad Benter, secretary, were in charge of delivering the Resolution during their regular lunch meeting Friday, Feb. 20, 2009.