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Jesse ZapataThe Office of the Vice Provost for UTSA Downtown serves as the chief operations center for the Downtown Campus. The responsibilities of the office include:

  • Coordination of academic programming
  • Promotion of courses and programs
  • Coordination of academic affairs, facilities management, student services and business affairs
  • Coordination or overall planning and direction of the affairs of the Downtown Campus in a manner consistent with the mission of the University
  • Community relations

As Interim VP for Academic and Faculty Support, Dr. Zapata is responsible for faculty hiring, faculty appointments and faculty grievances.

The UTSA Downtown Campus Council, chaired by the Vice Provost for UTSA Downtown, provides a vehicle and a forum for all University functional units providing services at the Downtown Campus.

Jesse T. Zapata
Vice Provost for UTSA Downtown Campus
Interim VP for Academic and Faculty Support


Jude ValdezThe Office of the Vice President for Community Services is responsible for extending the University beyond its campuses and into San Antonio and South Texas through public service, extension, outreach, and community education. This is accomplished through the following: the Institute for Economic Development, the Prefreshman Engineering Program, the Office of P-20 Initiatives, the Office of Community Outreach, the Office of Extended Education, the Downtown Special Events Office, the Institute of Texan Cultures, the UTSA Mexico Center, and the Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute.

  • Institute for Economic Development
  • Institute of Texan Cultures
  • PREP Program
  • P-20 Initiatives
  • Office of Community Outreach
  • Office of Extended Education/Special Events
  • UTSA Mexico Center
  • Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute.

Jude Valdez
Vice President for Community Services


Gina MendezThe Office of Community Relations interacts with a wide range of UTSA internal and external constituencies to develop and maintain a strong communications effort to enhance the public's perception of UTSA and the Downtown Campus as a first class institution of higher education.

Gina Mendez
Director of Community Relations