Lynda de la Viña, dean of The University of Texas at San Antonio 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 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 has also 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.
She received her master’s and doctorate in economics from Rice University and her bachelor’s in government and economics from UT-Pan American.
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.
The National Diversity Council was established in 2008 to transform workplaces and communities into inclusive environments where individuals are valued for their talents and empowered to reach their fullest potential.
Nationally ranked and recognized, the UTSA College of Business is one of the 40 largest business schools in the nation with 5,600 enrolled students and 37 different graduate and undergraduate business programs.
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