Update regarding the August 8, 2019 Board of Regents Meeting

By Office of the President

Monday, 08 12 2019

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Dear Members of the University Community,

Last week, Provost Mike O'Brien and I represented Texas A&M University-San Antonio at the Texas A&M University System's Board of Regents meeting in College Station.

I am pleased to share that the Board of Regents approved each of our proposed consent items.

Tenure awarded to the following faculty:

College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Arts and Humanities
Dr. Jackson Ayres, Associate Professor

Department of Social Sciences
Dr. Daniel Justino Delgado, Associate Professor
Dr. Brenda Inman Rowe, Associate Professor

Department of Science and Mathematics 
Dr. Vijay Golla, Vice Provost and Professor

College of Business
Department of Management and Marketing
Dr. Arne Baruca, Associate Professor
Dr. Sandra DeGrassi, Associate Professor

College of Education and Human Development
Department of Counseling, Health and Kinesiology
Dr. Tamara J. Hinojosa, Associate Professor
Dr. Sabina Remmers de Vries, Associate Professor

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Dr. Margaret Caroline Knight O’Quinn, Associate Professor

Approval of new degree programs:

  • Approval of a New Bachelor of Science Degree Program with a Major in Electronic Systems Engineering Technology
  • Approval of a New Bachelor of Science Degree Program with a Major in Sociology
  • Approval of a New Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree Program with a Major in Water Resources Science and Technology

Each of these degree programs will be submitted to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) for additional review, as needed. If approved, the degrees are scheduled for implementation in Fall 2020.

Athletics:
Texas A&M University-San Antonio will bring intercollegiate sports to South San Antonio (the first for South Bexar County) in Fall 2020 with the intended launch of an athletics program.

The most recent step in a comprehensive process occurred August 8 with the A&M System Board of Regents approval of a student fee that will directly support the athletics program.

The Board of Regents approval triggers the remaining phases in the development of the athletics programming that will include men's and women's soccer, women's softball, and men's golf. The men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball programs will start upon the completion of the on-campus recreation center (currently expected to open in summer of 2022).

The Regents approval of the student fee follows the State Legislature's approval in April to institute a fee to fund the launch of a new athletics program. The identified mix of men's and women's sports was selected based on student input and local and regional interests, as well as to ensure compliance with federal Title IX requirements. Title IX contains specific provisions relating to athletic opportunities to assure that athletic programs are operated in a manner that is free from discrimination based on sex. More details will shortly follow as we move to the next phase of development, which will include the formation of a university-wide implementation task force.

Finally, please join me in congratulating our faculty who received tenure! Let us also recognize the collective efforts during the past 18 months that contributed to advancing the athletics program. I look forward the coming academic year and to seeing you all at Convocation on August 20.

Warm regards,
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Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson