Spaniolo announcement receives media attention
James D. Spaniolo, who led a surge in enrollment and development as
president of The University of Texas at Arlington for eight years,
including construction of the acclaimed College Park District, announced
Monday that he plans to retire, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
The 66-year-old administrator and attorney, who took over as UT
Arlington's seventh president in February 2004, said that he loves the
University but that it is time to make room for new leaders. "I have had
a great opportunity to serve, and hopefully, make a contribution to the
growth and development of UT Arlington," Spaniolo said. "I need to look
at my future." Spaniolo plans to stay until The University of Texas
System Board of Regents finds a successor, which is likely several
months. He said he doesn't intend to seek any other university post and
is looking to spend time with his new twin granddaughters. An earlier
version of the story can be read here.
Dallas Morning News
University of Texas at Arlington President James Spaniolo announced
Monday he plans to retire after eight years on the high-profile job, the
Dallas Morning News
reported. “This is purely a personal decision,” Spaniolo, 66, said in
an interview. “People in leadership positions need to be keenly aware
that they have a limited window of opportunity to make a contribution,
and I felt like this has been my opportunity.” UTA supporters cite a
long list of contributions by Spaniolo. Since his arrival in 2004,
enrollment has surged from 25,000 students to more than 33,000, making
it the second-largest campus in the UT System. Annual spending on
research has tripled, from $22 million to $66 million. An earlier
version of this story appeared on the Dallas Morning News Scoop Blog.
Opinions and editorials
The Dallas Morning News Opinion Page Editor Keven Ann Willey
blogged that President Spaniolo’s announcement: “catches many folks by
surprise as he’s been a highly regarded chief executive of the
ever-expanding university during his eight-year tenure.”
Local business media
The Fort Worth Business Press and Dallas Business Journal
reported on President Spaniolo’s plans to retire, citing the
University’s increasing enrollment, research expenditures and
strengthened academic profile under Spaniolo. The Dallas Business
Journal article was also published in the Houston Chronicle.
Local news stations and websites
Broadcast reports of President Spaniolo’s retirement announcement appeared on KTVT/CBS 11, KXAS/NBC 5, and KDFW/FOX 4. Broadcast station websites KERA.org and NBCDFW.com also reported the news, posting a major portion of the University news release to their sites.
The Associated Press
The Associated Press reported on President Spaniolo's retirement announcement in a story that was carried by the Austin American-Statesman, KVUE.com (Austin), WFAA.com, KTRE (Lufkin), El Paso Times, KIII (Corpus Christi), and KSLA (Shreveport, La.).
The Texas Tribune
The Texas Tribune
reported that no outside pressure, internal unhappiness or specific
event led President Spaniolo to his decision to announce his retirement.
"There's no sense of dissatisfaction or ambition or anything like that
that prompted me to make this decision," he told the Texas Tribune on
Monday. "I'm not being recruited. I'm not anticipating any specific
opportunity. I'm not looking to be a university president someplace
else." The Tribune’s report was carried by Pegasus News.
PR Newswire also carried news about President Spaniolo's announcement. The release was published by Reuters, the Houston Business Journal, San Antonio Business Journal, Philadelphia Business Journal, Los Angeles Business, San Francisco Business Times, Atlanta Business Chronicle (GA), Business Courier (Cincinnati, OH), Sacramento Bee, Digital Journal.com, Yahoo! News, WSVJ (South Bend, IN), KLXT (Rochester, MN) and on numerous other news websites.
Ickes recognized for book
The Dallas Business Journal Executive People on the Move
noted that William Ickes, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at UT
Arlington, has been selected to receive the International Association of
Relationship Researchers Book Award for his book, “Strangers in a
Strange Lab.” Ickes will be recognized at an awards ceremony during the
2012 IARR Conference July 12-16 in Chicago.
Hitting a hight note
The Texas Music Journal
noted that UT Arlington is one of the sponsors of the Texas Power 2012
Summer Concert Series, which is being held through July 3 at the Levitt
Pavilion in downtown Arlington.