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Lynda de la Viña, Ph.D., Dean College of Business

The University of Texas at San Antonio

College of Business

Dr. Lynda Y. de la Viña was named dean and Peter Flawn

Professor of Economics at The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Business on July 1, 2005. She also leads the Center for Global Entrepreneurship as its executive director. Dr. de la Viña is the first woman to serve as UTSA College of Business dean and the only female Hispanic business dean in the University of Texas System. She was also the first Mexican- American woman to receive a Ph.D. in economics in the United States.

Dr. de la Viña was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine, and has received both the Ford Salute to Education Award as well as the Jessie and Sue Oppenheimer Award of Excellence. She was an inaugural member of the advisory committee for the State of Texas Emerging Technology Fund, a $200 million fund created to foster innovation, research and job creation in emerging high-tech industries. She also completed a prestigious Kellogg Leadership Fellows Program. With a distinguished career in academia and government service, Dr. de la Viña was the first Mexican-American woman at the secretarial level of the U.S. Treasury, where she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy from 1998-2001. While her work portfolio

She has co-founded three companies –Nightwave Records in Los Angeles, Operational Technologies Corporation (OpTech) and Pronucleotein Biotechnologies in San Antonio, TX. Under her tenure, OpTech rose from a small incubator operation in downtown San Antonio to one of the largest minority-owned businesses in San Antonio.

Anita Leffel, Ph.D.

Dr. Anita Leffel has fifteen years experience in senior management positions in organizations in Houston and San Antonio and holds a Ph.D. from Texas A &; M University. In her capacity at UTSA, she coordinates the Small Business and Entrepreneurship BBA program.  Under her direction, the program has increased student enrollment 300 percent since 2005.  She is the Assistant Director for the Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship and one of the founders of the  New Technology Venture Start-Up Competition.

She is founder and faculty advisor for Toastmasters at UTSA and the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization at UTSA.

Cory Hallam, Ph.D.

Dr. Cory Hallam, Founding Director of the Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship, and Faculty of Management of Technology (MOT) in the College of Business and Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Hallam  has managed large-scale programs in industry and academia and has participated in numerous technology start-up ventures. Dr. Hallam holds a bachelors of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University, and three graduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, including a Masters of Aerospace Engineering, a Master of Science in Technology and Policy, and a Ph.D. in Technology, Management, and Policy. While at MIT, Dr. Hallam was the lead project engineer for designing and developing the Aero/Astro Learning Laboratories and helped launch the CDIO academic program that is now a multi-national consortia of engineering universities.

Jude Valdez

Dr. Jude Valdez teaches Small Business Management at the University of Texas San Antonio and has been teaching this course for the past 10 years. The purpose of the course is to provide a working knowledge of small business start up and management for upper division students in the College of Business. The case study method and lectures are utilized as instructional methodology together with a semester long experiential learning project involving student teams working with local small businesses addressing a problem or need. Dr. Valdez received his Ph.D degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Small Business Strategy and the Journal of Business & Entrepreneurship. He has served as Chairman of the National Advisory Board of the Small Business Development Center program. He currently sits on the Advisory Board of the South West Texas Border Small Business Development Center Network. He has served as Associate Dean of the College of Business at the University of Texas at San Antonio and is currently the Vice President of Community Services at the University.


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