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College of Business Administration Dean Search

Update: We are pleased to announce that three candidates have been selected as finalists for the position of Dean.

Dr. Shawn L. Berman, Associate Dean, Accreditation and Research and Professor of Management at The University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management. Campus Visit: April 17 – 19.

Dr. Erik Devos, Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Professor of Finance at The University of Texas at El Paso. Campus Visit: April 18-20.

Dr. Marie T. Mora, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Professor of Economics at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Campus Visit: April 24-26.

For more information regarding their credentials and their campus visits, click here.

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Carol Parker has initiated a search for the next dean of the College of Business Administration.

Robert Kirken, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Science, will chair the search committee, which also includes faculty members from a number of departments in the College, and students, staff and business community representatives.

The University seeks a proven leader to act as a dynamic advocate for the college across the University and a vibrant binational, bilingual interconnected community of more than two million people. The Dean will work with students, faculty, university leaders, and regional stakeholders to implement an ambitious vision for the College rooted in UTEP’s Access and Excellence mission and a deep commitment to social equity and opportunity (a recent Brookings Institution study ranked UTEP first among public research universities in the promotion of social mobility among graduates). The next dean of the College of Business Administration will also be expected to implement entrepreneurial initiatives and identify new revenue streams; collaborate with El Paso's regional business, non-profit, and military communities to enhance educational and research programs, and local economic development; and to lead the college’s fundraising efforts. Click above for the full position description and further information.

"UTEP and its College of Business Administration offer a wonderful opportunity for prospective candidates who are strongly committed to preparing business professionals, researchers and leaders who will address the needs of local, regional, national and transnational communities, and have the strategic vision we need for the college to excel in research, teaching and service," Provost Parker said. "As a Hispanic-Serving Institution within the Borderlands Region with a national reputation for fostering student success and social mobility, and given UTEP’s position as an emerging research university within the University of Texas System, we expect to receive applications from many highly-qualified leaders. We anticipate that the search committee will recommend a short list of impressive candidates for on-campus interviews in late Spring Semester 2018."

Search Committee

Robert Kirken, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Science

Roberto Coronado
VP in Charge & Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, El Paso Branch, and Adjunct Faculty Member

Rigoberto Delgado
Associate Professor, Economics & Finance
Michael Garcia
Director, Mike Loya Center
Giorgio Gotti
Associate Professor and Chair, Accounting & Information Systems
Elena Izquierdo
Faculty Senate President and Professor, Education
Fernando Jimenez
Associate Professor, Marketing and Management
Terry McGreehan
VP and General Manager, ADP Inc., Business Advisory Council Member
Laura Uribarri
Assistant Dean for Academic Programs
Fernanda Wagstaff
Associate Professor of Management & Director of Doctoral Program
Shane Walker
Faculty Senate Secretary and Associate Professor, Engineering
Abril Woocay
Undergraduate Student, Risk Management Major
Faith Xie
Professor, Economics & Finance
Lifei Xue
Ph.D. Student in Finance



To apply, applicants must submit a letter of interest, a CV, and a list of five professional references. No references will be contacted without prior notification to the candidate.

COBA Nomination Form

Application queries should be sent to:
Dr. Robert Kirken
Search Committee Chair

To apply, please visit:

We anticipate that applications will be reviewed beginning March 16th, 2018; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity in employment or the provision of services. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation information, applicants may contact UTEP's Equal Opportunity Office at