Updated Dec. 9, 11 a.m.
The Texas A&M Board of Regents announced Cynthia Teniente-Matson, vice president for administration and chief financial officer at California State University Fresno, as Texas A&M-San Antonio’s interim university president. The announcement was made during a Dec. 6 telephonic meeting of the Board.
San Antonio-native Teniente-Matson will leave her current position in early January and officially begins her position at Texas A&M-SA on Jan. 12, 2015. The university’s sole finalist was one of three finalists selected by committee to become interim president.
On Dec. 31, President Maria Hernandez Ferrier will step down from her position to begin a newly created position in January within the A&M System as the director of development and Mexico relations.
In addition to overseeing the university’s overall financial, operating, administrative and strategic leadership, the incoming president will lead a team to oversee the university’s growth. Following independent accreditation approval, Teniente-Matson’s responsibilities will include downward expansion, or creating freshman and sophomore level classes, and expanding graduate degree programs to include doctoral degrees.
Regent Elaine Mendoza headed the search committee comprised of community leaders and members of the university’s administration.