Fall Brings New Leaders,
Juan J. Castillo, Dr. Pablo Arenaz, Dr. Ray Keck, and Dr. Minita Ramírez
University Provost Dr. Pablo Arenaz comes to TAMIU from The University of Texas at El Paso Graduate School where he served as vice provost for graduate studies and dean of the Graduate School.
Originally from Nevada, Dr. Arenaz holds a Ph.D. in Genetics and Cell Biology from Washington State University. His MS in Biology and BS in Education were both earned at the University of Nevada-Reno. The provost is the University’s chief academic officer. He follows Dr. Dan Jones, who accepted the presidency at Texas A&M University-Commerce this Fall.
Dean of Student Success Dr. Minita Ramírez, a Laredo native, holds her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Capella University of Minnesota. Her MS in School Administration was earned at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and her BA in Secondary Education from TAMIU. As dean, Dr. Ramírez will oversee Recruitment and School Relations, Admission, Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid, Housing, Counseling, Student Health, Student Activities and Wellness/Recreation. Most recently, she was TAMIU’s associate vice president for Student Success and has been with TAMIU since 2000.
Another Laredo native, Juan J. Castillo, will be the University’s new vice president for finance and administration. He holds his MBA from The University of Texas at Austin and his BBA is also from UT-Austin. Prior to joining TAMIU, he was director of business operations and auxiliary services with the Lone Star College System’s Lone Star College-CyFair in Cypress, Texas.
As vice president, Castillo will be responsible for Human Resources, Budget, Physical Plant, Campus Police, Health and Safety, Purchasing and Support Services, Business Services, University Card Office and Athletics. The VPFA also manages the University’s auxiliary enterprises and contracts for facilities management, food services, bookstore and other outsourced services.
The Fall Semester at TAMIU begins Monday, Aug. 25. Registration is underway online. The last day to register is Friday, Aug. 29. Visit tamiu.edu/whatiwant to learn more.
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