AUSTIN, Texas—Dr. Juan C. Gonzalez, vice president for student affairs at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., has been appointed vice president for student affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Larry R. Faulkner, president of The University of Texas at Austin, said Gonzalez is to begin his new job on Sept. 12.
Dr. Juan C. Gonzalez
“I am extremely pleased that we have been able to recruit Juan Gonzalez into this critical post, for he is among the ablest of his peers nationally,” Faulkner said. “He leads from a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to students, and he brings wonderful personal energy into his work. Moreover, he is a native Texan with an outstanding grasp of the educational and developmental challenges facing our state. This is an excellent match for Texas.”
Faulkner initiated a nationwide search for a new vice president for student affairs after Dr. James W. Vick announced in August he plans to leave his position and return to full-time faculty status in the Department of Mathematics. Vick has been vice president for student affairs since 1989. He will continue in his vice president role through Sept. 11.
Gonzalez was chosen from a field of more than 50 applicants and was among the finalists who visited the university this spring for interviews with members of the university community.
“I am delighted to have been selected to lead Student Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin,” Gonzalez said. “It is a true honor to work with President Faulkner and the entire UT team. My primary goal will be to represent and advocate for the total learning environment of students. I am fortunate to lead an organization that is already focused on the needs of students.”
Gonzalez has been the vice president for student affairs at Arizona State University, Tempe, since August 2003. Previously, he had been the vice president for student affairs at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. since 2000. From 1994 to 2000, Gonzalez was vice president for student affairs at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He was vice president for student services at California State University, San Bernardino, from 1990-94.
Gonzalez, a native of Amarillo, Texas, earned his bachelor of arts degree in Latin American studies from Texas Tech University in 1974. He received a master’s degree in bilingual-bicultural education from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 1976, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1981.
Marilyn Kameen, senior associate dean in the College of Education, chaired the search committee for the new vice president for student affairs. She said the committee sought a candidate “with the unique blend of vision and the strategic ability to work with many people in moving Student Affairs forward in the years ahead.”
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