Texas A&M University-San Antonio Presidential Search Committee Named

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BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas — A 17-member committee has been created to conduct a national search to find a successor to Texas A&M University-San Antonio President Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson.

Matson will step down in January after accepting the position of president at San José State University. The Texas A&M University System Regents have named Dr. Linda Schott as interim president.

“Texas A&M University-San Antonio is the fastest growing university in the A&M System,” said John Sharp, Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System. “Selecting a leader capable of taking this campus to the next level is a critically important task. I am confident this committee of local campus leaders and civic icons is up to the task.”

The search advisory committee is charged with delivering a minimum of three candidates to Chancellor Sharp, who will refer one of them to The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. Regent Mike Hernandez will serve as chairman of the committee and Regent Jay Graham will serve as a member.

Committee members from the university are:

  • Philis Barragan-Goetz, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, History, and Philosophy
  • Mary Kay Cooper, Director of Alumni Affairs and Staff Council President
  • Walter Den, Professor, Department of Mathematical, Physical, & Engineering Sciences
  • Berenice de la Cruz, Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling, Health, and Kinesiology
  • Megan Wise De Valdez, Associate Professor, Department of Life Sciences
  • Jacob Goldstein, TAMU-SA Junior  in Computer Information Systems and Student Government Association President
  • Jessica Loudermilk, Chief of Staff
  • Leonard Love, Associate Professor, Department of Management and Marketing, and Faculty Senate President
  • Vanessa Quiroga, Executive Director of Community Partnerships & Campus Visit Experience;
  • Adrianna Santos, Associate Professor, Department of Language, Literature, and Arts
  • Darnell Smith, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports

Committee members from the community are:

  • Jim Adams, Retired Telecommunications Executive
  • Henry Cisneros, Former Mayor of San Antonio
  • Jane H. Macon, Partner at Bracewell Law Firm
  • Nelson Wolff, Bexar County Judge


About The Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $7.2 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, a comprehensive health science center, eight state agencies, and the RELLIS Campus, the Texas A&M System educates more than 152,000 students and makes more than 24 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceed $1 billion and help drive the state’s economy.

Contact: Laylan Copelin
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