UTSA College of Business Dean Named One of 100 Most Influential Hispanics
—Oct. 31, 2005
Y. de la Viña, dean of The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Business, has been named one of
the 100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine in its October 2005 edition. The magazine has
published the listing since 1983. De la Viña is also the Peter Flawn Professor of Economics and the executive director
of the Center for Global Entrepreneurship in the UTSA College of Business. She is the first woman to serve as UTSA College
of Business dean and the only female Hispanic business dean in the University of Texas System.
She has also received two prestigious appointments within the last few months to a governmental advisory committee and
a national fellowship program. De la Viña was recently appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the 17-person
advisory committee for the newly created Emerging Technology Fund. The $200 million fund was created to foster innovation,
research and job creation in emerging high-tech industries.
This fall de la Viña was named one of 10 fellows in the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Kellogg
Leadership Fellows Program. The program is designed to identify and mentor the next generation of higher education leaders.
The fellows receive mentoring, training and networking support throughout this yearlong program which includes intensive
workshop sessions and forums throughout the United States.
De la Viña has developed a strategic plan for the College of Business that includes raising the academic profile
of the college to become one of the nation's best business schools and creating national distinction through strategic threads
of excellence. She has enhanced Latin American partnerships, raised funds for two endowed professorships and developed alliances
with other nationally and internationally recognized institutions.
She has led a distinguished career in academic and government service. The first Mexican-American woman at the secretarial
level of the U.S. Treasury, de la Viña was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy and served from
1998 to 2001. She is a member of the board of directors of the Center for International Private Enterprise, an affiliate
of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Operational Technologies, a technology company that she co-founded.
De la Viña received her master's and doctorate in economics from Rice University and her bachelor's in government
and economics from UT-Pan American. She was the first Mexican-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in economics in the United
UTSA's College of Business is the largest undergraduate business program in the University of Texas System and one of the
40 largest business schools in the nation. With more than 6,000 students, the college offers a broad portfolio of programs
at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level. The College of Business is accredited by AACSB International, the Association
to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which recognizes the quality of our academic programs and faculty members.