Issis Vela-Fox has been named the director of the college’s Business Scholars Program. Vela-Fox previously served as a student success specialist for Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania, where she was responsible for increasing retention rates for targeted at-risk student populations.
The college’s Business Scholars Program is an award-winning academic and professional development program for first-generation College of Business students. Headquartered at the Downtown Campus, the program focuses on academics, career skills and leadership development.
“Issis brings a wealth of experience in student affairs to this position along with a commitment to innovation,” said Dr. Lisa Montoya, assistant dean for undergraduate studies. “Issis is a good fit for the college and will help our Business Scholars achieve their greatest potential.”
A native Texan, Vela-Fox received her master’s degree in educational administration from Texas A&M University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University. She is a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
Peter C. Morales has been named the assistant director of graduate business career services in the College of Business.
In this role Morales will provide career counseling and training to graduate business students; assist graduate business students and alumni with internship and job placement; foster and maintain relationships with business and community leaders; and
Morales returns to UTSA after working as an international affairs specialist with the City of San Antonio. Prior to his employment with the city, Morales spent seven years with the UTSA Institute for Economic Development.
“Peter’s wealth of knowledge will strengthen the career development potential for our graduate business students,” said Dr. Diane Walz, associate dean for graduate studies and research. “He is establishing relationships with local, regional and national business leaders that will lead to high-level career opportunities for our graduates.”
Morales received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business administration from the UTSA College of Business. He recently completed the Alexander E. Briseño Leadership Development Program through the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Morales is a supervisory committee member for the San Antonio Federal Credit Union and has been an active member of the San Antonio Chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs.
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