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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

Mr. Chris GallegosMr. 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.

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. 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.

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.

Ms. Sandra D. McMakinMs. 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 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.

Ms. 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.