UTEP Welcomes New Provost, Also Names Senior Executive Vice President
President Diana Natalicio has announced the appointment of Dr. Junius Gonzales, professor and dean of the College of Behavioral & Community Sciences at the University of South Florida, as provost and vice president for academic affairs at The University of Texas at El Paso, effective February 1, 2011.
As the chief academic officer, Dr. Gonzales will be responsible for leading UTEP’s continuing commitment to attain nationally recognized academic program and research excellence while providing higher education access and opportunities to residents of the Paso del Norte region, as UTEP advances toward national research university (Tier One) status.
“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Gonzales, whose breadth of personal and professional experience is extremely well aligned with UTEP’s commitment to expand and enhance our academic and research programs across the campus while continuing to foster student access and success,” Natalicio said. “UTEP is recognized as a national leader in creating synergies between excellence and access, and we look very much forward to working with him over the next several years to accelerate our progress toward becoming the first national research university with a 21st century demographic.”
Gonzales said, “With deep honor and gratitude I am truly excited about being selected to be UTEP’s next provost. I look forward to working with all members of the UTEP community, from top notch faculty and scholars, students, staff, alumni, community partners and more, to continue to realize a vision of a truly salient university that fosters a vibrant, innovative and supportive intellectual climate for student success across all dimensions of academic life.”
At the University of South Florida, Dr. Gonzales was the founding dean of the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, which comprises eight departments and schools and includes several top 50 nationally ranked graduate programs. The College is also the largest source of external funding in Academic Affairs at USF. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, the largest of its kind in the United States.
Prior to his position at the University of South Florida, Gonzales was a principal and scientist at Abt Associates -- one of the largest for-profit government and business research and consulting firms in the world -- leading science, technology, education and health projects. He also spent six years at the National Institute of Mental Health, ending his tenure there as director of the Division of Services and Intervention Research, where he oversaw three research branches, a clinical trials support unit and a budget of approximately $250 million. He has held national leadership positions for education, policy and research and is currently a member of the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality.
Dr. Gonzales has also served as clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at George Washington University and deputy chairman and clinical associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Georgetown University.
Dr. Gonzales received his M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland. He completed his residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. He earned his undergraduate degree at Brown University.
PRESIDENT NATALICIO ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT UTEP INTERIM PROVOST HOWARD DAUDISTEL, PH.D., WILL BE APPOINTED SENIOR EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY EFFECTIVE FEB. 1, 2011.
In this role, Dr. Daudistel will oversee Development and Alumni Relations, Advancement Services and Scholarships, University Communications, University Relations and Human Resource Services. He will also be asked to take on special assignments where his institutional knowledge and experience will serve as major assets.
“We are fortunate to be able to call upon an individual of Howard Daudistel’s deep and abiding commitment to UTEP and extensive administrative experience on this campus to provide leadership for our Centennial Campaign, whose success will be critical to reaching our goal of becoming the first national research university with a 21st century demographic,” Natalicio said. “I look forward to working with him on the Campaign and on many other initiatives that will enable UTEP to achieve its full potential to serve as a catalyst for the human and economic development of the Paso del Norte region.”
Prior to serving as UTEP’s Interim Provost, Dr. Daudistel has served UTEP in many capacities over the past 35 years, including Liberal Arts Dean, chair of the Departments of Sociology and Anthropology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice, interim chair of the Department of Communication and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs.
“I am delighted that I can serve the University in this capacity,” Daudistel said. “I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and alumni, as well as with President Natalicio, to achieve our fundraising goals and continue our work toward Tier One university status.”
A graduate of the University of California-Santa Barbara, Daudistel joined the UTEP Department of Sociology and Anthropology in 1974. Throughout his academic career he has received awards for his teaching, research and service, as well as grants for research and educational programming from several organizations, including the National Institute of Mental Health, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The National Science Foundation and the Sid W. Richardson Foundation.