» CHARTING THE COURSE
A Q&A with Dean Lynda Y. de la Viña
Since being named dean of the UTSA College of Business in 2005, Dr. Lynda Y. de la Viña has led the college on a remarkable journey to achieving national recognition. A graduate of Rice University and a Rio Grande Valley native, de la Viña has charted a course of firsts throughout her career: first Mexican American woman to achieve a Ph.D. in economics in the United States; first Mexican American woman to serve at the secretarial level of the U.S. Treasury; and the first Hispanic female dean to lead the UTSA College of Business. Whether she is logging late nights in the office or making her rounds in the business community attending banquets and business meetings, she has remained true to her vision and steadfast
on her path of achievement.
» THE PULSE OF HEALTH CARE
As the landscape in health care is changing rapidly throughout the nation, a new program established in the UTSA College of Business is addressing the value of business in the health community.
The college, under the leadership of Dr. Dana Forgione, the Janey S. Briscoe Endowed Chair in the Business of Health, has launched a new MBA concentration in the Business of Health.
A dominant force in the San Antonio economy, the health care and biosciences industry employs more than 116,000 individuals and represents 14 percent of the San Antonio workforce. And, with the new national Affordable Care Act and the growth of the country’s elderly population, health care will remain a pressing issue in the future.
» FIGHTING CYBERCRIME
In a game of capture the flag, you’d want Dr. Frederick R. Chang on your team. Known as a defensive specialist in the field of cybersecurity, he’d argue that while you can’t ever stop someone from capturing your flag, you can build bigger walls and also learn how to recover quickly from the attack.
A renowned expert in the field of cybersecurity, Chang has joined the UTSA College of Business as the inaugural AT&T Distinguished Chair in Infrastructure Assurance and Security. He previously served as the associate dean of information technology and director of the Center for Information Assurance and Security at the University of Texas at Austin.
» THE HEART OF AN ENTREPRENEUR
Whether he is at the office reviewing financial projections or relaxing at his West Texas ranch, Bill Morrow, ’86, is an entrepreneur at heart. As long as Morrow can remember, he has created companies. He started his first business when he was 9 years old, then he formed a painting company in college to pay expenses. In 1999, he founded a telecommunications company, Grande Communications.
As a senior in Associate Professor Woodie Spivey’s class, Morrow and his team won first place in the course’s business plan competition. “Previously I’d always run mostly one-level, lifestyle businesses,” said Morrow, a native of Brownsville. “I began to understand leadership and how to leverage team dynamics. That company directly paralleled a company that I later started.”