UTSA

Dean and David and Jennifer Spencer Distinguished Chair
Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design

The University of Texas at San Antonio seeks an innovative, entrepreneurial, collaborative leader as its next Dean and David and Jennifer Spencer Distinguished Chair of the Margie and Bill Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design. The campus has developed a bold and ambitious vision for UTSA’s future and its pursuit of excellence as an urban-serving, Hispanic-thriving discovery enterprise (https://www.utsa.edu/strategicplan/). The Dean will be expected to build on the college’s achievements, while leading the college to higher levels of external engagement, academic excellence and research prominence.

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Update on search progress (February 2024)

In January, our search firm partners facilitated listening sessions for members of the Klesse College community—including faculty, students, staff, and Advisory Council members—to share key thoughts, expectations and aspirations for the college and provide feedback on attributes for the next dean. The themes expressed at these meetings were incorporated into the full position profile, which has been posted and advertised. Active recruitment has now begun and the committee will meet in the coming weeks to discuss candidates.

About Klesse College

The College of Engineering and Integrated Design was formed in 2021 following a yearlong initiative to combine academic departments and programs previously under the College of Engineering and the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, to optimally position the university on the cutting edge of transdisciplinary research, academic programming and workforce preparation for students. Later the same year, the college was named for former Valero CEO and Chairman of the Board, Bill Klesse and his wife, Margie, in recognition of a transformational $20 million gift.

Home to over 4,200 students and nearly 150 faculty members, Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design at UTSA is San Antonio’s leader for engineering and designed environment research and instruction. With experiential learning opportunities that cover internships, special projects, study abroad, and community partnerships, our students learn to collaborate across multiple disciplines to understand how to connect the vision to the outcome. With a 17,000 square foot MakerSpace available 24/7, students are encouraged to learn, create, test and innovate at their own pace through access to this supportive and collaborative environment.

 

SP&A Executive Search is assisting UTSA in the search. Confidential inquiries or nominations should be directed to:

Alberto Pimentel
Managing Partner
SP&A Executive Search.
6512 Painter Ave.    
Whittier, CA. 90601      
Phone: 562-360-1612
Fax: 562-360-1353
Email:  apsearch@spaexec.com

 

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Search Advisory Committee

Glenn Martinez (Chair)

Dean

College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Ibukun Awolusi

Assistant Professor

School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Construction Management

Yongcan Cao

Associate Professor, Assistant Chair of Research

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Chris Combs

Associate Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Ryan Dennett

Student, Biomedical Engineering

 

Ender Finol

Professor and Chair

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Jill Ford

Assistant Dean, Director of Student Success

College of Engineering and Integrated Design

Nikolas Gatsis

Associate Professor

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Laura Gaviria

Associate Professor of Instruction

Department of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering

Alexis Godet

Associate Professor
Faculty Senate representative

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Christina Kastely

Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering and member of KCEID graduate council

 

Harry Millwater

Professor, Associate Chair for Research
Faculty Senate representative

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Arturo Montoya

Professor, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs

College of Engineering and Integrated Design

Neda Norouzi

Assistant Professor

School of Architecture and Planning

Araceli Ortiz

Professor

Department of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering

Taylor Phelps

Director of Development

College of Engineering and Integrated Design

Gabriela Romero

Associate Professor

Department of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering

Stephen Temple

Professor, Undergraduate Advisor of Record Architecture

School of Architecture and Planning

Mario Vela

Assistant Vice Provost and Executive Director

Career-Engaged Learning

Kirstin Wilsey

Assistant Dean for Fiscal Administration

College of Engineering and Integrated Design

Tammy Wyatt

Senior Vice Provost

Student Success