Dean Named Most Powerful and Influential Woman in Texas

Lynda de la ViñaDr. Lynda de la Viña, dean of the UTSA College of Business, was named one of the Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas by the National Diversity Council.

During her tenure at UTSA, de la Viña has led the College of Business to become a nationally ranked and internationally recognized business school. De la Viña also serves as the Peter Flawn Professor of Economics and executive director of the Center for Global Entrepreneurship.

The first Mexican American woman at the secretarial level of the U.S. Treasury, de la Viña served as deputy assistant secretary for economic policy from 1998–2001. Following her role at the Treasury, she was senior policy analyst at the U.S.­­–Mexico Chamber of Commerce. She then rejoined academia and was named professor and associate dean of the School of Professional Studies, where she led the Graduate Division of Business and Management and was chair of the Department of Finance and International Business at Johns Hopkins University.

She also has co-founded several companies in San Antonio, including Operational Technologies Corporation (OpTech) and Pronucleotein Biotechnologies.

De la Viña serves on the board of the Center for International Private Enterprise, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; the Texas Business Hall of Fame; the Alamo Public Telecommunications Council; the Free Trade Alliance; and the World Affairs Council.

Award recipients came from a variety of industries throughout the state of Texas. Recipients were chosen for providing leadership excellence in the public/private sector, sustaining a record of accomplishments in their industry and exhibiting a commitment to the highest ethical standards.


Beladi Appointed Associate Dean for Research

Hamid BeladiDr. Hamid Beladi, the IBC Bank Senior Faculty Fellow in Economics, has been named associate dean of research in the College of Business. In this role he will oversee and promote research in the college. Initiatives in this area are external grants and contracts, college summer research grants, global business skill grants and scholarly research activities related to the college’s journal rankings and the working paper series.

“I look forward to creating a culture of research in which all faculty recognize and value research,” said Beladi. “In particular, I want to encourage faculty to write external grants and to put a greater emphasis on joint faculty-student research ventures.”

A respected researcher in the field of international trade theory, he has published more than 180 papers in refereed academic journals. His research interests have centered on the pure theory of international trade, technology transfer and joint ventures, exchange rate pass-through and international migration of labor.

He is also the editor of three academic publications including the International Review of Economics and Finance, Frontiers of Economics and Globalization and the North American Journal of Economics and Finance. He holds a doctorate and master’s degree in economics from Utah State University.


CSPD Appoints Director of Professional Development

Karen RayzorKaren Rayzor has been named director of professional development in the Center for Student Professional Development in the College of Business.

Rayzor is responsible for managing and growing relationships with local, regional and national corporations seeking to employ business students. She also oversees the college’s internship program that matches business students with employers throughout the nation.

With more than 10 years of corporate and nonprofit experience, Rayzor previously served as director of nonprofit relations for Guidestar, USA, in Washington, D.C. As part of her duties, she led the intern program for Guidestar. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Roanoke College.


Duncan Selected as Assistant Director of Development

Sadie DuncanSadie Duncan has joined the College of Business as the new assistant director of development. Duncan works to develop relationships with business alumni and business community members.

A native of San Antonio, she previously worked as the development director for Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries. She has prior experience with The George Washington University and the American Institute of Architects in Washington, D.C.

Duncan holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from Lewis and Clark College and studied abroad at Oxford University.


Staff Members Recognized in Awards Ceremony

Awards CeremonyThree College of Business staff members were recognized for their outstanding leadership and service at the College Awards Reception last spring.

Recipients of the Dean’s Excellence Award were Cheri McMaster, senior administrative associate in the Department of Accounting, and Kathy Pope’92, director of graduate student services.

McMaster displays commitment to education, service and continual improvement within the college. She is responsible for managing multiple tasks and handles those duties with grace and professionalism.

Throughout her 20 years of service at UTSA, Pope has been a guiding force in the college’s graduate programs. In particular, this past year she was instrumental in assisting with admissions and recruitment for the new MBA International program.

Laura Gilliland, program coordinator for the Real Estate Finance and Development Program, was the recipient of the Dean’s Excellence Award for Community Service and Outreach.

Working with the students, she organizes and participates in community service events such as Habitat for Humanity, Graffiti Wipeout, Animal Defense League and Elf Louise. She also is instrumental in organizing the annual Real Estate Expo, which brings more than 75 local professionals to campus each year to network with business students.

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