The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Dr. Salvador Hector Ochoa sole finalist for president of A&M-San Antonio

Dr. Salvador Hector Ochoa has been selected as sole finalist for president of Texas A&M University-San Antonio.

Dr. Salvador Hector Ochoa. Photo courtesy of Texas A&M University-San Antonio

The A&M Board of Regents unanimously approved Ochoa during their regular meeting May 18.

According to a May 18 press release by the A&M System, Ochoa was recommended by Chancellor John Sharp.

An alumnus of Texas A&M University, Ochoa earned his Ph.D. in school psychology in 1989. He served as dean of the College of Education at the University of New Mexico and The University of Texas-Pan American. He presently serves as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at San Diego State University.

Ochoa is taking over roughly five months since Dr. Linda Schott was appointed as interim president. Schott acted as interim after the departure of former president Cynthia Teniente-Matson in January.

In a May 18 email, Dr. Mary Kay Cooper, director of alumni engagement and member of the A&M-San Antonio presidential search committee, wrote, “The response to the job posting was positive, and I am thrilled that Dr. Ochoa is our sole finalist.”

The Mesquite reached out to San Diego State but did not receive a response by time of publication.

Update: 10:19 a.m. May 19, 2023

In a May 19 statement provided by Marketing and Communications via email, Dr. Mohamed Abdelrahman, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, wrote, “We are very enthusiastic about the naming of Dr. Ochoa as the sole finalist for the presidency at A&M-San Antonio. His record of achievement as a faculty member, an accomplished scholar, and an academic leader reflects a deep understanding of the issues facing higher education and Hispanic Serving Institutions.”

About the Author

Sergio Medina
Editor in Chief
Sergio Medina is a journalism senior and editor in chief for The Mesquite at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. He transferred from San Antonio College in December 2021, where he was editor for The Ranger student publication for four years. Sergio’s interest in journalism comes from a love in storytelling consisting of movies, video games, TV series, books and comic books. Upon completing his bachelor’s degree, Sergio aims to join the journalism ranks servicing the San Antonio community.

Join the Conversation

© 2024 Jaguar Student Media | Texas A&M University-San Antonio. All Rights Reserved. All Rights Reserved.
San Antonio Website Design & Development - Backyard Studios
Join Our Newsletter

Get the Mesquite News delivered straight to you.