During faculty convocation breakfast, Texas A&M University-San Antonio Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Brent Snow staff unexpectedly announced his resignation, effective in February.
“I’ve been thinking about resigning as my role of provost for a little while,” Snow said during an interview in his Central Academic Building office. “When I made that decision, I announced it at the convocation meeting. I’m getting a little older and I thought now would be a good time to do this.”
That wasn’t really easy for me to do; essentially stepping aside as provost,” Snow said. “If you didn’t feel that way, and were just happy as heck to get out of there, that’s one thing. I’m not. I’m not mad at anybody. I’m not disappointed. I really love this university.”
Snow oversaw many major mile markers for the university, laying significant groundwork during a critical time of enrollment growth. Since 2010, Snow has overseen academic affairs, long before there were buildings around, he said.
Addressing faculty and staff at the fall 2014 convocation, Snow said that A&M-San Antonio “will surely have challenges, disappointments, bumps and bruises along the way, but we are on the road to becoming big time.”
Prior to his position at A&M-San Antonio, Snow worked as a tenured professor of counseling and psychology at Oklahoma State University and University of West Georgia, where he also served as Department Chair and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Snow earned his Ph.D. in Guidance and Counseling at the University of Idaho, his Master of Science in Psychology at Oklahoma State University, and his Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Brigham Young University.
University President Cynthia Teniente-Matson has contracted AGB Interim‘s services to assist in recruiting an interim provost to begin approximately March 1, while conducting a national search for a permanent provost.
“On behalf of the university, I am thankful for his service and his dedication to A&M-SA,” President Matson said in an email Jan. 20. “He has led our university’s academic growth over the last five years including a rigorous process of securing independent accreditation from the SACS COC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) and the Texas Higher Education Board.
Provost Snow is a full-tenured faculty member with a distinguished record of scholarship, publication and research. He will exercise his retreat rights to the faculty. I am grateful for his support and guidance over the last year.”
Snow plans to take professional leave and will return to the university to teach counseling and psychology for several years before retiring for good.
“I’m going to continue to work through the summer and if things go right, I’m going to take a professional leave and then return and teach for a year or two,” Snow said.
After retiring from teaching, Snow said he wants to tour the nation to catch up with family.
“I’m not sure if I’ll remain in San Antonio. I have six children spread out all over the United States, and grandchildren. Their grandma says we are going to go visit. I suppose I’ll be following her and our grandchildren around,” Snow laughed.
Snow concluded with fond memories of the school. “It warms my heart to see this part of San Antonio grow and develop in part because of the university. I’ll do all I can while I’m here. And I’m sure we’ll get a fine provost. I love the staff and students,” Snow said. “It’s a wonderful place. It will grow and continue to be.”