Yvonne Pena named director of student leadership development

Yvonne Pena

Yvonne Pena

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(April 6, 2010)--The UTSA Office of Student Life announces the hiring of Yvonne Pena as director of student leadership development. Pena comes to UTSA with a wide range of leadership experience from institutions including the University of Nevada, Reno; Illinois State University and the University of New Mexico.

"We are so excited that Yvonne has joined the Student Life team. She brings a wealth of student leadership experience and a strong desire to work with our students," said John Kaulfus, associate dean of students. "Our students are hungry to engage in leadership development as they prepare to enter a very competitive job market. I am confident that Yvonne's presence on campus, in conjunction with the opening of the Student Leadership Center, will help many of our students reach their leadership potential and achieve their career goals."

Pena received a bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico and a master's degree from Texas A&M University in student affairs administration in higher education. She also has been an active member of NASPA for the last 10 years. NASPA is a respected higher education organization for student affairs administrators.

"It's exciting to be part of something new and innovative with the creation of the Student Leadership Center at UTSA," said Pena. "My hope is that students will embrace the concept that leadership is more than a position or a title, but it is an experience. In time, the Student Leadership Center will provide leadership opportunities, mentoring and resources for the students at UTSA. All students are encouraged to stop by and get involved."

The UTSA Student Leadership Center is in University Center Room 1.002 at the Main Campus, under the Roost game room and next to the Honors Alliance and Greek Life offices.