|[March 18, 2013]
UTSA President Ricardo Romo Receives Prestigious UC Berkeley Higher Education Leadership Award
SAN ANTONIO --(Business Wire)--
Ricardo Romo, president of The University of Texas at San Antonio
(UTSA), received the prestigious 2013 Clark Kerr Award for Distinguished
Leadership in Higher Education from the University of California,
Berkeley, on March 14 at the Berkeley campus.
The award was created in 1968 as a tribute to the leadership and legacy
of UC President Emeritus Clark Kerr. It recognizes individuals who have
made extraordinary and distinguished contributions to the advancement of
In a statement from the UC Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate,
Romo was praised for his record of extraordinary achievement in
institutional leadership that reflects Kerr's vision for the role of the
university in American democracy. Romo was commended for extraordinary
success in promoting higher education as a model for recently founded
American universities, especially those serving minority communities.
In 13 years as president of UTSA, Romo has led in transforming the
institution from the status of a local and mainly undergraduate-serving
institution to that of a highly competitive general campus with an array
of respected professional and doctoral programs. UTSA is well on its way
to achieving Tier One status with a new focus on research and academic
excellence, as it attracts new talent and partners with local, regional,
national and international organizations.
With more than 30,000 students, including nearly 1,800 international
students from more than 85 countries, UTSA now has 24 doctoral programs
and supports educational programs and joint research activities in Texas
and many countries around the world. Under Romo's leadership, the
university has partnered with public-sector and private-sector programs
and organizations, building strong support for studies in the libeal
and fine arts and science and technology.
In prominent recognition of its rising reputation and achievements under
Romo's leadership, UTSA was one of seven North American universities
founded within the last 50 years that were named in the 2012 Times
Higher Education's "World's 400 Best."
A pioneering scholar in the development of the research field of U.S.
urban-immigration and ethnic history, Romo is author of East Los
Angeles: History of a Barrio, now in its ninth printing (one in
Spanish), and of respected scholarly articles on the civil rights
movement in the Southwest and the West. He has served on numerous
national and regional educational commissions, most recently on
President Obama's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for
With a strong commitment to community service, Romo has served on a
range of regional, national and international boards. He is vice chair
of the Southwest Research Institute (News - Alert) board and is a member of the boards
of the American Council on Education, Philosophical Society of Texas,
Humanities Texas, Austin Museum of Art and COMEXUS (the U.S.-Mexico
Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange).
In 2007, Spain's King Juan Carlos awarded Romo the Isabel la Catolica
Award, the highest honor given to non-Spanish subjects, in recognition
of his contributions to advancement of Hispanic culture in the United
States. In 2011, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education
(CASE) named him winner of its Chief Executive Leadership Award,
recognizing the rapid transformation of UTSA from a regional campus into
an emerging Tier One research university.
Previous winners of the Clark Kerr Award include Nobel (News - Alert) Prize laureate Yuan
Tseh Lee, researcher in manipulation of chemical reactions using
crossed molecular beams; nuclear physicist Herbert Frank York,
Berkeley professor and chancellor, member of the Manhattan Project and
board member of the nonpartisan arms control organization Council for a
Livable World; Lee Carroll Bollinger, educator and legal scholar
of the First Amendment and freedom of speech, who was at the center of
two notable U.S. Supreme Court cases on the use of affirmative action in
admissions processes; and Earl Warren, 14th U.S. chief justice,
known for landmark decisions ending school segregation and transforming
many areas of American law regarding the rights of the accused, ending
school-sponsored prayer and requiring "one-man-one-vote" rules of
The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the largest of nine
academic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a
multicultural institution of access and excellence, UTSA aims to be a
national research university providing access to educational excellence
and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
UTSA serves nearly 31,000 students in more than 135 degree programs in
the colleges of Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development,
Engineering, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and the
Honors College, University College and Graduate School. Founded in 1969,
UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic
development catalyst for Texas and beyond. Learn more at www.utsa.edu.
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