The President's Advisory Council (PAC) is a decision-making body comprised of the University’s vice presidents, select senior administrators and the president of the Faculty Senate*.
The following are the administrative officers of the University of the Incarnate Word who currently serve on the PAC.
Dr. Thomas M. Evans, President, was named as the tenth president of the University of the Incarnate Word in 2017. Dr. Evans holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin; a Master of Arts in Asian Studies from UT-Austin; and a Bachelor of Science in Language Arts with a minor in Theology from Georgetown University. His areas of responsibility include management of UIW and two high schools operated by the university, Incarnate Word High School and St. Anthony Catholic High School.
Mr. Michael Larkin joined the Staff of the President’s office at the University of the Incarnate Word beginning November 1, 2017 as the Chief of Staff and Special Assistant to the President for Planning and Development. His education experience includes service at institutions such as Fordham University in New York City (Associate Vice President for Development); Saint Peter's College in Jersey City, N.J (Vice President for Advancement), Carroll College in Helena, MT (Vice President for Advancement), Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, N.Y (Vice President for University Advancement), and the Foundation of UMDNJ (Senior Vice President for Development).
Mr. Neil Schroeder, Interim Chief Information Officer (CIO), joined UIW in 2016. He holds a Master of Science in Information Systems Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology as well as a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy. His areas of responsibility are university-wide technology resources including instructional technology, infrastructure, networks, telecommunications, enterprise applications, client services and web development.
Mr. Richard Duran, Interim Director of Athletics, has been at UIW since 2017. Duran was the Deputy Athletics Director from October 2017 to August 2019, when he assumed the role of interim AD. Duran holds a Master of Arts in sports management from the University of San Francisco. He is a four-year football letterwinner for Whittier College. Duran graduated from Whittier with distinction and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology with an Emphasis in Sport Management. Duran is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education/Educational Leadership - Higher Education Administration from Louisiana Tech University.
Mr. Douglas B. Endsley, Vice President for Business & Finance, has been with UIW since 1993. A certified public accountant, Mr. Endsley has a Master of Business Administration from St. Mary’s University (TX); a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University; and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Indiana University. His areas of responsibility include the financial stability of the University and the two high schools managed by UIW.
Sister Kathleen Coughlin, CCVI, Senior Advisor to the President for Special Gifts & Sponsored Ministries, has been with UIW since 2002. Sister Coughlin holds a Master in Healthcare Administration from St. Louis University and a Bachelor of Nursing from Incarnate Word College (now UIW). Her areas of responsibility include acting as a liaison between UIW and all sponsored ministries of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and to cultivate leadership gifts.
Ms. Cynthia Escamilla, Vice President and General Counsel, has been at UIW since 2006. Ms. Escamilla has a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin as well as a Bachelor of Science in Advertising. Her areas of responsibility include human resources and directing all legal matters that pertain to the University and the two high schools managed by UIW, including facilities, personnel and students.
Mr. Marcos Fragoso, Vice President for International Affairs, has been with UIW since 2004. He has a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of the Incarnate Word.Mr. Fragoso is responsible for international initiatives including reciprocal agreements for education, study abroad programs, the management of UIW campuses in Heidelberg, Germany and Mexico, and also the management of the Rosenberg Sky Room and the International Conference Center.
Dr. David M. Jurenovich, Vice President for Campus Life and Facility Management, has been with UIW since 1988. He holds the Ph.D. in Guidance and Counseling from St. Mary’s University (TX); a Master of Business Administration from Gannon University (PA); a Master of Science in Counseling/College Student Personnel from Gannon University; and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Gannon College. Dr. Jurenovich’s areas of responsibilities include Special Events, Campus Engagement & Residence Life, and Facilities Management.
Sister Walter Maher, CCVI, is Vice President for Mission and Ministry. She has been with UIW since 1972.Sister Maher previously served as a General Councilor for the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. She has a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University (TX); a Master of Arts in Library Science from Dominican University (IL); and a Bachelor of Arts in History and English from Incarnate Word College. Sister Maher’s areas of responsibility include Mission, identity and ministry.
Dr. Cyndi Wilson Porter, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Services, has been with UIW since 2000. She holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Akron; a Master of Science in Chemistry from the University of Akron; and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from the College of Wooster (OH). Dr. Porter’s areas of responsibility include the activities of enrollment management for the University, Office of Admission, the Registrar's Office and acts as primary liaison for active duty military programs.
Ms. Sandra D. McMakin, Associate Provost for Academic Support Services, has been with UIW since 2002. Ms. McMakin holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity University. Her areas of responsibility include oversight of the Office of University Advising Services, Writing and Learning Center, Tutoring Services, Testing Services, Student Disability Services, Career Services, TRiO SSS, and grant activities related to student success.
Brother John R. Paige CSC, Assistant Dean for High School Programming, has been with UIW since 2018. Dr. Paige holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy from the University of Maryland, a Master of Arts in Applied Theology from the Graduate Theological Union, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies in Mathematics from Wesleyan University and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Notre Dame. His areas of responsibility include serving as a liaison between UIW and Incarnate Word High School and St. Anthony Catholic High School.
Mr. Chris Gallegos, Vice President of Development and University Relations, has been with UIW since 2018. Mr. Gallegos holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems, as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration/Marketing from St. Mary's University (TX). Mr. Gallegos areas of responsibility include Development, Alumni and Parent Relations, Corporate, Foundation and Government Grants, and Communications and Brand Marketing.