Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson is the second president of Texas A&M-San Antonio. A&M-SA is the first Texas A&M University System of eleven institutions opened in a major city and one of the fastest-growing universities in Texas.
Dr. Teniente-Matson, who was born in San Antonio, has over 20 years experience in higher education with a track record of accomplishments that support campus growth, including: faculty and student success, economic development, financial stewardship and broad-based entrepreneurial leadership.
She attended public universities throughout her academic career, which provided her with insight into the dynamics of receiving a public education. This extensive experience helped hone her vision for her post at Texas A&M-San Antonio. She also has extensive community service and leadership experience on numerous national higher education associations and boards, including board chair of the National Association for College and University Business Officers (2010-11), and Governor for City University of Seattle (2011-2013).
As a passionate public administrator, Dr. Teniente-Matson launched her career in Alaska — University of Alaska Fairbanks and University of Alaska Anchorage - where she held a number of positions, including Director of Purchasing (UAA), Director of Procurement and Business Services (UAA), Associate Vice Chancellor for Budget and Finance (UAA), and Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services (UAA). In her role as Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, she oversaw a Capital Budget of approximately $100 million and an Operating Budget of $160 million; oversaw planning for campus facilities, maintenance and repair and long-term capital planning; and developed fiscal planning tools used for centralized resource management. Immediately prior to her appointment at Texas A&M-San Antonio, she served as Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of California State University Fresno, where she directed fiscal planning, investments, debt service, budgeting and financial management reporting of all university activities. Fresno State University had an annual Operating Budget of $334 million. Additional areas of responsibility included, overseeing the 1,300-acre campus footprint, its capital construction, planning, infrastructure improvements, and the Fresno State master planning activities; and the development of strategic partnerships and fiscal initiatives with Mayors of the various Central Valley communities, community college administrators and school districts.
She was responsible for the entirety of the financial operations of the Fresno State campus and its 5 auxiliary corporations inclusive of strategic budgeting, financial reporting, cash management, debt financing, taxation issues and risk management. Total GF budget $227M; Auxiliaries: $80M Athletics: $27M. Total operating budget: $334M. Endowment: $138M.
She also chaired the Fresno State Association, Inc., the President's Commission on Human Relations and Equity, The Fresno State Athletic Corporation, and the CSU Risk Management Authority.
Her tenures have been marked by bold initiatives that helped shape the universities she has served. These include leading the construction design-development and donor support for numerous facilities initiatives including: the Henry Madden library expansion and Table Mountain Rancheria Tower, The University High School, various Division IA athletic facilities; and a one-of-its-kind outdoor peace garden, masterplanning and wayfinding at Fresno State. She led the partnership between the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the Central Valley Business Incubator (CVBI) and Fresno State to jointly develop a $5M (13,000 gsf) Water-Energy-Technology Incubator, and she championed El Dorado Park (a distressed neighborhood adjacent to Fresno State) as one of five sites selected as part of the Obama White House initiative called Building Neighborhood Capacities Program.
She initiated and managed development of the University Center at University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) campus via public-private-partnership and oversaw construction of a “one-stop” shop for student services, and the acquisition and redevelopment of a 90,000 sq. ft. fledgling suburban mall.
She’s been recognized for her service in the field of education. This includes her appointment as a member of the Top 40 Under 40, by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce; University of Alaska’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Job Effectiveness; and her selection as a participant in the Consul de Mexico Jornada de Educacion held in Mexico City. She is also a sought-after speaker and mentor on contemporary issues in higher education leadership.
An advocate of continuing education, Dr. Teniente-Matson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Management in 1989 from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a Master of Business Administration in 1998 from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She received a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Fresno State in 2013.
Dr. Teniente-Matson is also a loving wife and mother to her husband Mike, and her two children, Phillip and Wyatt. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cycling, attending sports events, concerts and traveling.