President’s Advisory Council


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, PresidentDr. 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.

Dr. Glenn Ambrose Dr. Glenn Ambrose, Faculty Senate President, is chair of the Religious Studies Department at the University Incarnate Word where he has worked for the past twenty years. He earned his Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley, a Master of Arts from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Boston, and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from University of Florida at Gainesville. He teaches the following courses: Intro to Theology and Ethics, Theological Anthropology, Death and Belief, Christian Symbols and Celebrations, Theologies of Liberation, Jesus: Incarnate Word and Catholicism Today. His research has been focused on Continental Philosophy of Religion, Religious Pluralism, Theologies of Liberation and Sacramental Theology.

Dr. Barbara Aranda-NaranjoDr. Barbara Aranda-Naranjo, Chief Academic Officer and provost, is an educator and administrator with over 30 years of experience leading projects and teams in the United States federal government, universities, and with local, national and international organizations. Aranda-Naranjo holds a Ph.D. in Community Health Nursing from the University of Texas Austin, a Master of Science in Nursing in Adult Health Nursing from Incarnate Word College (now the University of the Incarnate Word), and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center. As the senior officer responsible for the academic programs of the University, she is responsible for all areas related to recruitment and enrollment, student records and graduation, student services and advising, student engagement and campus life, faculty affairs, and institutional effectiveness, assessment, and accreditation.

John M. BuryJohn M. Bury, Vice President for Strategy and Enrollment, joined UIW in August 2021. Bury holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, magna cum laude, from Gettysburg College, where he was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, and a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from The University of Tulsa. Before arriving at UIW, he worked in higher education for over 20 years at The University of Tulsa in various roles, including Assistant Dean of Research and Graduate Enrollment Management, Associate Vice President of Institutional Research and Planning, Senior Vice Provost for Operations and Student Success, and Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Treasurer. His areas of responsibility include UIW enrollment management, particularly Broadway Campus undergraduate and graduate admissions and enrollment, digital strategy and marketing, university-wide strategic planning, and intercollegiate athletics.

Sister Kathleen Coughlin, CCVI headshotSister 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.

Mr. Richard DuranMr. Richard Duran, Athletic Director, has been at UIW since 2017. On June, 15, 2020, Duran was elevated from interim athletic director to the permanent role of athletic director. In his new role, Duran became the youngest sitting Division I athletic director. Duran, who came to UIW as the deputy athletics director responsible for all external functions of the department in October 2017, took over the interim position on Aug. 12, 2019. Under Duran’s leadership, UIW Athletics has had tremendous success in the classroom, in the community, in competition, in revenue generation and in fan engagement. He guides a team of 80 full-time employees, five part-time employees, 35 graduate assistants and 18 work study students in creating a holistic and positive experience for more than 500 student athletes.

Ms. Cynthia EscamillaMs. Cynthia Escamilla, Chief of Staff, has been at UIW since 2006. 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 Marcus Fragoso headshotMr. 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 Strasbourg, France and Mexico, and also the management of the Rosenberg Sky Room and the International Conference Center.

Ms. Margaret GarciaMs. Margaret Garcia, director of the Office of Communication and Brand Marketing (OCM), has served at UIW since 2008. Garcia holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and has extensive experience in broadcast journalism and communications. As a public relations professional, she has worked with federal and regional agencies, leading businesses and education institutions at every level. Her areas of responsibility include directing the Office of Communications and Brand Marketing and overseeing the Office of Graphic Design & Printing Services. She also chairs the Visual Corporate Identity Committee (VCIC), which exists to ensure that approved standards are met on all University communications, including departmental and student publications and promotional items.

Dr. Caroline Goulet Dr. Caroline Goulet is Associate Provost for Health Professions.

Dr Darrell HaydonDr. Darrell L. Haydon joined the UIW family in March of 2020. He has 12 years of experience in higher education with the California State University system, including roles as the vice president/Chief Financial Officer – Business and Finance, faculty lecturer, associate vice president for financial services, and university controller. Haydon has 35 years of business experience in a variety of corporate and not-for-profit positions primarily focused within the fields of education, finance, accounting, and information technology. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, an M.B.A. in Finance, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with a focus on Social Justice. He is also a Certified Public Accountant, a Chartered Global Accounting Manager, and a Certified Internal Auditor.

Dr. Glenn JamesDr. Glenn James has served UIW in many capacities since 2005. James has served as the dean of the School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering until 2012, when he assumed the role of associate provost responsible for Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment. James holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from Georgia Institution of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He also holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the College of Naval Command. James is responsible for institutional effectiveness and assessment, faculty development, and strategic plans related to budgeting, curriculum, and instruction. He also supervises the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability and the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Dr Monica Ayala JimenezDr Monica Ayala Jimenez serves as the Associate Provost of Student Success. Prior to coming to UIW, she served as the Dean of Student Success at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas, serving as the leader for the Welcome Center, Advising Center, Admissions Office, Testing Office, Disability Support Services, Advocacy Center, Student Life, and Ray Ellison Family Center. She is a highly experienced program administrator with a strong record of achievement and more than eighteen years of experience in the development and implementation of pre-college, early college, and student success programs. She also served as Dean of High School Programs and oversaw the Dual Credit and Early College High School Programs as the liaison between the K-12 partnerships and the community college. As an alumna of TRIO Upward Bound and a TRIO McNair Scholar herself, Dr. Jimenez is committed to supporting first generation and underserved students. She has over fifteen years of experience in grant writing and management and helped bring over $4.5 million dollars in TRIO Programs and the National Science Foundation, Advanced Technological Education to the community college. She has presented at national conferences such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnership, the National College Access Network, and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. Her commitment to excellence in program development and student success earned her the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, Excellence Award in 2017.

Rick KimbroughRick Kimbrough serves as the Vice President for External Relations and Chief Development Officer. Kimbrough holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as well as a master’s degree from St. Mary’s University, Minnesota. In his role as Vice President, he provides leadership over university development, alumni relations, marketing, and communications, as well as university events. In his prior role as Vice President, he led St. Mary’s University during its Defining Moment Campaign to raise $150 million. He also served as Chief Development Officer for the Mayo Clinic Health System in SW Minnesota. Kimbrough, a San Antonio native, along with his family have served the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word through many of its missions in South Texas.

Sister Walter Maher, CCVISister 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. Osman ÖzturgutDr. Osman Özturgut is Associate Provost for Strategic Outreach and Partnerships/Dean of the School of Professional Studies.

Brother John R. Paige CSCBrother 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. Neil SchroederMr. Neil Schroeder, Associate Vice President for Information Technology and 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.

Dr Christopher SummerlinDr. Christopher Summerlin, Dean of Campus Life, has been with UIW since 2020. Summerlin holds a B.A. in Communications from Brewton-Parker College; M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from American InterContinental University; and Ph.D. in Leadership for Higher Education from Capella University. His areas of responsibility include oversight of the Office of Campus Life, Campus Engagement, Residence Life and Housing Operations, Student Advocacy and Accountability, and Sports and Wellness.

Annette ThompsonMs. Annette F. Thompson, P.H.R., SHRM-CP, associate vice president for Human Resources, has served at UIW for nine years, which include roles as director of Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer. Thompson has over 20 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of human resources. Prior to joining UIW, she served as associate vice president for human resources at a Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She graduated from Virginia Tech and holds a Professional in Human Resources (P.H.R.) certification and Society for Human Resources Management – Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) designation. She is responsible for oversight of the Department of Human Resources and the Office of Title IX.

Dr Kevin VichcalesKevin B. Vichcales, Ph.D. is Associate Provost for Undergraduate and Graduate Education at University of the Incarnate Word. He earned his BA in History from Albion College, and MA and PhD in Modern European History from Western Michigan University. In his role as Associate Provost for Undergraduate and Graduate Education he provides vision and leadership for undergraduate and graduate student learning and success including the formulation and implementation of all academic plans, policies, priorities, and innovations. He ensures these are aligned with the University’s strategic plan and mission to ensure that all programs identify and achieve the highest standards to prepare our trainees for leadership in their respective fields.