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Rosalie Ambrosino
Rosalie Ambrosino

UTSA names interim provost and executive vice president

By David Gabler
Assistant Vice President for University Communications

(Aug. 26, 2005)--The University of Texas at San Antonio announced today the appointment of Rosalie Ambrosino as interim provost and executive vice president effective Jan. 1, 2006.

Ambrosino will replace Guy Bailey, who leaves UTSA in December to become chancellor of the University of Missouri - Kansas City. She has served as vice president for student affairs at UTSA since 2001. From 1999 to 2001, she was the university's vice provost for undergraduate studies and enrollment management.

"Rosalie Ambrosino's vision and outstanding record as a senior administrator have been instrumental in UTSA's growth as it becomes a premier research university," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "A talented educator, her work in academia and student affairs has prepared her well to assume this role while we conduct a national search."

A social worker with a special interest in social welfare policy and multicultural education, Ambrosino directed the School of Social Work undergraduate program at the University of Texas at Austin prior to joining UTSA. She was one of the first 12 faculty members inducted into UT Austin's Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Ambrosino holds a bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Minnesota, a master's degree in educational administration and multicultural education from Antioch University, and a doctorate in social work from UT Austin.

She began her career at UT Austin at the Center for Social Work Research, where she oversaw more than $5 million of federally- and state-funded research and training projects in child welfare and welfare reform. Ambrosino also is the lead author of "Social Work and Social Welfare," which soon will be in its sixth edition.

While at UT Austin, Ambrosino was recognized for her service to students and her commitment to excellence in teaching. She was the recipient of seven university teaching awards, including the William Blunk Professorship and the Chancellor's Teaching Award.

As UTSA's vice president for student affairs and undergraduate studies, Ambrosino oversees a number of offices and programs, including the Office of Academic Support and Undergraduate Studies, Office of Admissions, the Office of the Registrar and the Office of Student Financial Aid. As chief student affairs administrator, she also is responsible for UTSA's Division I athletics program.

As interim provost, Ambrosino will work with President Romo, Office of the Provost staff and college deans to ensure a smooth transition from Provost Bailey's administration to that of the new provost.

"Guy Bailey has done an exceptional job of moving UTSA and its academic programs into the future, and I will miss his vision and leadership," said Ambrosino. "UTSA has an outstanding team of leaders in academic affairs. I intend to support them and the university's goals to maintain momentum as we continue to chart the incredible future that lies ahead."

Bailey, a professor of English, classics and philosophy, has served as provost at UTSA since 1998.

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