Lisa Firmin - Biography
As the Associate Provost for Diversity and Recruitment at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Lisa Firmin led development of the first top scholar program combining merit scholarships with student enrichment experiences and has been instrumental in enhancing the quality of each incoming freshman class through a variety of Tier One Recruitment initiatives and collaborations. She also led creation of the first ever Presidential level diversity awards program for faculty, staff and students at UTSA. Firmin serves as co-chair of UTSA’s Veteran Student Advisory Committee, educating about the nontraditional veteran student and in 2013, she co-authored a book chapter titled “Serving Student Veterans at the University of Texas at San Antonio: Accomplishments and Challenges,” in Building Bridges for Student Success: A Sourcebook for Colleges and Universities. She co-chaired a Diverse Faculty Recruitment Task Force which resulted in enhancements in the overall recruitment of underrepresented faculty at UTSA.
Firmin retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel and its most senior ranking Latina officer. She held key leadership and command positions and has extensive recruiting, retention and diversity management expertise at the highest levels of the Air Force and the Department of Defense. As a commander in a combat zone, she led efforts to build up Balad Air Base in Iraq and was awarded the Bronze Star medal. She led the UTSA Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program to national distinction as the Best Large Detachment in the Nation.
Firmin has been featured in local print, radio, television and national magazines and received many honors and accolades such as the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Latina Leader award, the Governor of Texas’ Yellow Rose award, the National Diversity Council’s Trailblazer and Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas awards, Hispanic Organization for Public Employees Military Award, as well as the Northside Foundation’s Pillar of Character award. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Texas Diversity Council, a member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, a member of the Undergraduate Scholars Program Administrators Association, a member of Phi Kappa Phi and serves on the UTSA leadership team of the UT System Women’s Leadership Network and as Co-Chair of the UT Components Diversity Working Group.