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Board of Regents Meeting Update


Dear Colleagues,

I have good news to share from today’s Board of Regents (Board) meeting.  The Board has authorized us to pursue our proposal for a new Bachelor of Science degree in fashion studies with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).  The program will launch in fall 2017 if we receive approval by the THECB. 

This new fashion studies degree is designed to satisfy the industry’s demands for creative talents in a variety of disciplines: product developers, textile development, apparel/accessory designers, visual merchandisers, media specialists, fashion journalists, and fashion photographers. 

The Board also approved the appointment of Dr. Vimala Pillari to the position of dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services (CHSHS).  In her new role, Dr. Pillari oversees the departments of Counseling, Medical Lab Sciences and Public Health, Nursing, and Social Work. 

 In other action, the Board approved tenure for the following individuals. Each have several years of experience at other universities.

  • Dr. Stephen Damron, dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences;
  • Dr. Vimala Pillari, dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services;
  • Dr. Melody Loya, head of the department of Social Work; and
  • Dr. Tara O’Connor, associate professor in the school of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Strategic Studies.

Today’s actions by the Board are positive steps forward for the university.  My thanks to all of you for your efforts to enhance the success of our students.

F. Dominic Dottavio, Ph.D.