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Dean Steps Down to Return to Teaching
Bringing to a close her eight-year tenure as dean of the UTSA College of Business, Lynda Y. de la Viña stepped down as dean of the college at the end of May. De la Viña, a Peter Flawn Professor, will continue to direct the Center for Global Entrepreneurship and teach in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Technology Management.
"I am grateful to Dr. de la Viña for her leadership and many years of service to this university," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "Her vision and strategic planning have brought many well-deserved accolades to the College of Business and will continue to pave the way for great things to come, I am sure."
With the support of the faculty, professional staff and students of the College of Business, de la Viña has led the college on a remarkable journey in achieving national recognition, academic program growth and a renewed focus on student services.
"This decision allows me to transition and refocus my efforts in an area of passion for me—entrepreneurship," said de la Viña. "It has been an honor and privilege to serve as dean of the UTSA College of Business. I deeply appreciate the support and assistance I have received from the university and the San Antonio business community in partnering with the College of Business in pursuing our mission and achieving our vision."
Some of her accomplishments for the college included the first national rankings for the MBA program by BusinessWeek, Hispanic Business and the Princeton Review; conceptualizing the Center for Student Professional Development; establishing the Advanced Laboratories for Information Assurance and Security; creating new departments in Entrepreneurship and Technology Management and in Information Systems and Cyber Security; and establishing worldwide educational immersion programs for students.
Senior Associate Dean Daniel Hollas has been appointed interim dean of the College of Business.
"Dan Hollas has an extensive record of leadership at UTSA, as well as the widespread support of his colleagues in the College of Business," said Provost John Frederick. "I am confident that he will continue to guide the college in the right direction, and I look forward to working with him while we conduct a national search for the next business dean."
With more than 20 years of experience at UTSA, Hollas has held numerous administrative appointments including serving as associate vice president for academic affairs at UTSA and associate dean for graduate studies and research in the College of Business. Prior to coming to UTSA he served as department chair in economics and finance at the University of Mississippi.
A professor of economics, Hollas is known for his expertise in industrial organization and regulated industries, with a focus on the effects of competition in the electric and gas industries. As an administrator, he has been instrumental in maintaining the college's AACSB International accreditation and has served on the University Scheduling Committee, UTSA Cost Savings Committee and the Core Curriculum Assessment Committee.
Hollas holds a doctorate and master's in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor's in economics from the University of Houston.
A nationwide search is being conducted for the next College of Business dean.
College of Business Reaccredited by AACSB International
In what is tantamount to a gold medal at the Olympics, the College of Business earned reaccreditation in business and accounting from AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. With only 643 accredited business schools and 177 accredited accounting programs, AACSB accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.
Every five years accredited schools must undergo a rigorous internal review process to showcase ongoing improvements in delivering a high-quality business education. Three main areas reviewed as part of accreditation included strategic management, faculty and student participants and assurance of learning.
"Our AACSB accreditation places us among the world's elite business schools," said Interim Dean Daniel Hollas. "Less than five percent of the world's 13,000 business programs have earned AACSB accreditation. This reaccreditation affirms the quality of our academic programs, faculty members and student services and programs."
During the review process, the college was recognized for its Career Action Program which provides a broad approach to professional career development for business students; the college's bilingual business certificate program which provides business students with essential Spanish language skills in core disciplines; and for its burgeoning entrepreneurship program that has tripled in size and culminates with the $100K Student Technology Venture Competition.
The college's accounting program also went through a separate reaccreditation process. "We are proud to maintain our AACSB accreditation," said James Groff, chair of the Department of Accounting. "The committee commended our department for our diversity as well as innovative programs incorporating professional development and ethics."
The College of Business has been continuously accredited by AACSB since 1980.
AACSB International is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.
Quarri Technologies Executive Chairman Donates Cash and Stock to UTSA College of Business
Quarri Technologies, a security software company that empowers organizations to keep their sensitive data secure, announced that Executive Chairman Bill Morrow, '86 has given the UTSA College of Business a gift of $10,000 cash and 100,000 shares of his company stock to support cyber security research. Morrow, an alumnus of the UTSA College of Business, is a strong supporter of UTSA cyber security and has a history of giving to the university, dating back to 2001.
"UTSA is extremely grateful to business leaders like Bill Morrow, who are providing the much-needed community support that UTSA needs to become a Tier One research institution," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "His gifts will continue to foster cyber security research."
Morrow hopes that his example will spur other UTSA alumni who are successful entrepreneurs and innovators to give back to their alma mater.
"The researchers in the UTSA College of Business are some of the best in the world," said Morrow. "Their level of innovation and advancement in network security research is unmatched across the U.S. Quarri looks forward to the opportunity to work with UTSA in the future on next generation IT security advancements."
Morrow has more than 25 years of business foundation and leadership experience with technology companies. He currently sits on the UTSA Development Board and has served on the UTSA College of Business Advisory Council. Morrow earned a BBA in marketing from UTSA and is a 2002 UTSA Alumnus of the Year. In addition, he was the 2010 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner for Central Texas.
Graduate Programs Receive National Acclaim
Recognizing the quality of College of Business graduate programs, the college garnered national attention this year as it was ranked by four separate entities.
The College of Business MBA program was ranked 6th in the Southwest and 40th in the nation by Bloomberg BusinessWeek in its biennial business school rankings.
Three measures were used to compile the rankings. First, a student survey was sent to part-time MBA students to measure general student satisfaction.
Then, academic quality was assessed based on six equally weighted measures: average GMAT score, average work experience, percentage of tenured faculty teaching in the program, average class size, number of business electives available to part-time MBA students and the program's completion rate. The college ranked 12th nationally in the academic quality category.
Finally, post-graduation outcomes such as advancement in current position, new job and attainment of career goals were determined based on survey responses.
Schools included in the Southwest regional ranking were (1) Rice, (2) Southern Methodist University, (3) University of Texas at Austin, (4) University of Texas at Dallas, (5) University of Denver and (6) UTSA.
Five different college master's programs were recognized by the Eduniversal International Scientific Committee.
The programs ranked included the MBA in Information Systems (23rd), MBA in International Business (30th), MBA in Management of Technology/Project Management (30th), MBA in Real Estate Finance (67th) and MBA in Tourism Destination Development (89th).
"Given our international focus, we are pleased to be included in this inaugural ranking of graduate programs by Eduniversal International," said Daniel Hollas, interim dean. "The programs ranked include our areas of specialization, and the ranking furthers our mission of becoming a top-tier international business school."
The rankings were based on a survey of 12,000 masters and MBA programs in the top 1,000 business schools in 153 countries. The ranking was based on three criteria: (1) reputation of the program; (2) salary of the first employment of the graduates; and (3) satisfaction of the students.
For the fifth consecutive year, the College of Business has been ranked one of the top 10 graduate business schools in the nation for Hispanics by Hispanic Business. The college was ranked 7th.
The rankings (in order) included UT-El Paso, University of California at Berkeley, University of New Mexico, UT‑Austin, New York University, University of Virginia, UTSA, University of Miami, Yale University and Stanford University.
Hispanic Business ranked the top 10 universities nationally in business based on five criteria: enrollment of Hispanics, percentage of full-time Hispanic faculty members, availability of student support and services, retention rates and graduate program reputation.
The Princeton Review ranked the college as the No. 3 MBA program in the nation providing the "Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students." This is the seventh consecutive year that the College of Business has been ranked in this category.
The College of Business shared the spotlight with such schools as Emory University, Florida International University, Fordham University, Howard University, Thunderbird and University of Massachusetts.
The Princeton Review conducted surveys with more than 19,000 business students at the best AACSB-accredited MBA programs in the world. Business schools were judged based on institutional data such as percentage of minority students and percentage of minority faculty as well as based on student surveys assessing resources for minority students, culture of institution and diversity of student body.
The College of Business offers a portfolio of 30 graduate business programs that are known for their high quality, flexibility and affordability including the MBA, MBA International, Executive MBA and specialized master's programs. Enrolling more than 600 graduate students, the college graduate student body is diverse with 34 percent women, 30 percent minorities and 12 percent international students.
New Real Estate Graduate Certificate Offered
The College of Business is offering a new graduate certificate program in Real Estate Finance and Development beginning this fall.
The certificate program will provide in-depth knowledge of the finance, development, accounting and legal principles of today's real estate industry. Professionals will develop specialized skills within this field without the requirement of completing a formal degree program.
The 12-hour certificate includes coursework in Foundations of Finance for Entrepreneurs, Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Investment and Real Estate Development.
The college's dynamic Real Estate Finance and Development program has grown to more than 150 students since it was established in 2008. The college also offers a bachelor's degree in real estate finance and development, a master's degree in business administration with a real estate finance concentration and a master of science degree in construction science and management.
The program, which is comprehensive academically as well as professionally-integrated with the San Antonio real estate community, prepares students for careers managing businesses associated with real estate and the planning, financing, developing and construction of building projects.
Candidates can apply for this graduate certificate by enrolling at UTSA as a special non-degree seeking graduate student. For more information, call (210) 458-4330.
Nancy Kudla, MBA '87, president of the Kudla Foundation, presented the fall Frost Distinguished Lecture. The lecture series brings prominent business and community leaders to UTSA.
Tom DeSot, executive vice president and chief information officer at Digital Defense, discussed "Living in the Age of Anonymous" during his presentation as part of the college's Business Ethics Symposium sponsored by the San Antonio Federal Credit Union. The theme of the symposium was Privacy and Cyber Security.
Jim Bodenstedt, '96, president and CEO of MUY Brands, LLC, keynoted the spring Frost Distinguished Lecture. The lecture series, which began in 1988, presents a forum for business leaders and academics to share their experiences in business with students.
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