Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson confirmed as A&M-San Antonio’s second President

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By The Texas A&M University System
Thursday, 02 12 2015

Dr. Matson photoCOLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents today confirmed Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson as the second president of Texas A&M University-San Antonio at the regularly scheduled board meeting.

“Dr. Matson is a proven leader who brings experience and a passion for excellence to Texas A&M-San Antonio,” said A&M System Chancellor John Sharp. “With her at the helm, we envision many years of stellar progress ahead.”

In her first 30 days at the University, Matson has been engaged in focused outreach, listening to local business leaders, elected officials, Foundation Board members and University faculty, staff and students through community meetings and campus town hall forums. She brings an exciting and renewed focus on student success and has already created a digital open door by inviting students to connect using social media as well as in-person conversations. She arrives with positive energy to lead A&M-San Antonio to another generation of achievement. Matson has already begun discussions to expand course offerings and academic expansion into new programs and applied research.

“I am humbled to have been appointed by Chancellor Sharp and the Board of Regents to lead this great university. It is inspiring to be surrounded by the dedicated faculty and staff that are building a transformational university in South San Antonio, said Matson. “We have incredible student leaders committed to developing Jaguar traditions while reaching their educational goals. The campus has an aggressive growth agenda to meet the research, economic, and workforce needs of the state, nation and world. We will be focused, agile and audacious in our thinking and approach.”

Matson previously served as Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer at California State University, Fresno and Vice Chancellor for Administration at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She 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 also has extensive public service leadership in numerous national higher education associations and boards. She was named sole finalist and Interim President in Dec. 2014 by the A&M System Board of Regents.

About A&M-San Antonio
Texas A&M University-San Antonio, one of the fastest growing universities in the state, achieved stand-alone status in 2009 with the signing of Senate Bill 629. Students choose from a variety of degrees at the undergraduate level that include the “Affordable Degree” in information technology, and graduate degrees in business, educational leadership and more. A military-embracing university, the dedicated faculty and staff prepare and empower students to be innovative and contributing members of a global society.

Contact: Marilu Reyna or Brandon Oliver
(210) 326-0003 or (210) 784-1102
Marilu.Reyna@tamusa.tamus.edu or Brandon.Oliver@tamusa.tamus.edu

About the A&M System
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.8 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies, two service units and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 131,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $820 million and help drive the state’s economy.

Contact: Therese (Terry) McDevitt
(210) 232-5759