Texas A&M University–San Antonio Names New Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Friday, 04 29 2022

Provost headshotFollowing a national search, Texas A&M University–San Antonio (A&M-San Antonio) officially announced Dr. Mohamed Abdelrahman as the new Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, who will begin his new role on July 18.

“As a faculty member and administrator, Dr. Abdelrahman has a proven track record of innovative and outcome-driven academic leadership. I am certain he will foster and support our continued academic excellence at A&M-San Antonio and partner with faculty and staff to help ensure our strategic vision and guide our growth for the future,” said Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson, president of Texas A&M University-San Antonio.

Dr. Abdelrahman comes to A&M-San Antonio from Colorado State University Pueblo, a Hispanic Serving Institution in Southern Colorado, where he serves as Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Prior to his service at CSU Pueblo, he was Vice President for Academic Affairs at Arkansas Tech University; Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies at Texas A&M University-Kingsville; and a tenured full professor at Tennessee Technological University. He also served as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Qatar. Dr. Abdelrahman holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Science and Engineering and a M.S. in Measurements & Controls Engineering from Idaho State University, and a M.S. in Engineering Physics and B.S. in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Cairo University.

With a distinguished career spanning 25 years, he has been a leader in integrating research and education, experiential learning, and curricular innovations across multiple disciplines. During his tenure, CSU Pueblo received more than $22 million in funding from federal, state, and private sources to enhance academic quality, close equity gaps, and ensure the success of underrepresented minorities and low-income students. Designed to enhance academic collaboration and student engagement, Dr. Abdelrahman led a complete restructuring of Academic Affairs at CSU Pueblo, forming the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and the School of Creativity and Practice. Additionally, he implemented the university’s first doctoral program in nursing practice and various interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs, addressing changing needs of a regional, state, and national workforce.

Dr. Abdelrahman’s research agenda has included funding for industrial applications of sensing and control, pedagogical research in using hands-on experiences to improve students learning, and engaging K-12 teachers in authentic research experiences. In addition to receiving numerous awards for excellence in research and innovative teaching, he has more than 100 publications and technical reports, three patents, and numerous co-authored works with disciplinary collaborators, undergraduate and graduate students, and K-12 teachers. View Dr. Abdelrahman’s CV.

“Higher education stands at a pivotal point. Texas A&M University-San Antonio, a young and aspiring institution in a remarkable city with history, diversity, culture, and plenty of opportunities, is poised for a significant and impactful future as an institution,” said Dr. Abdelrahman. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of shaping this future and humbled by the selection to lead academic affairs. I look forward to working with President Dr. Teniente-Matson and being part of her team. On the personal side, joining Texas A&M-San Antonio feels like coming back home for my family and me.”

Last fall, A&M-San Antonio engaged the firm of Storbeck-Pimentel & Associates to assist in the recruitment for the national search for a new provost. To aid in the selection of the next provost, Dr. Teniente-Matson appointed a search committee, which consisted of administrators, faculty, staff, and student representatives. The committee conducted listening sessions to solicit input from the University community, created a position profile, conducted several rounds of interviews, and held finalist open forums and constituent sessions.

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About Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Established as a stand-alone university in 2009, Texas A&M University-San Antonio is a comprehensive four-year public university that reflects the culturally diverse, heritage-rich community it serves. Situated on nearly 700 acres in south San Antonio, the University offers 33 undergraduate degrees and 16 graduate degrees to nearly 7,000 students. A&M-San Antonio is home to the Henry G. Cisneros Institute for Emerging Leaders and the Cyber Engineering Technology/Cyber Security Research Center. The University holds the Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) designation and is one of only 24 higher education institutions in the U.S. to have received the Seal of Excelencia certification from Excelencia in Education for its support of Latino student success. More than 75 percent of A&M-SA students identify as Hispanic, and 73 percent are the first in their family to attend college. A&M-San Antonio is a military-embracing institution; in 2020, Military Times ranked the University No. 35 in the nation for Best for Vets: Colleges.” Visit tamusa.edu for more information. #onamission