Frank R. Lamas, Ph.D.
Frank R. Lamas currently serves The University of Texas at Arlington as Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. He is also a member of the President’s Cabinet. Dr. Lamas is responsible for coordinating and managing the resources of The Division of Student Affairs to meet the needs of students and the University community, which entails administering a budget of approximately $12 million, 180 professional staff members and 500 student staff. UT Arlington currently has a total enrollment of close to 34,000 undergraduate and graduate students and has 5,300 students living on campus as of Fall 2012.
At UT Arlington, Dr. Lamas is responsible for overseeing 25 University departments and programs including: Apartment and Residence Life, Campus Recreation (the Maverick Activities Center (MAC), Aquatics, the Climbing Wall, the Fields Complex, Fitness, Intramurals, Sport Clubs, Wellness), The Career Development Center, The Center for Community Service Learning, The Center for Students in Recovery, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Fraternity and Sorority Life, Health Services, The Leadership Center, The LGBTQA Program, The Movin’ Mavs Wheelchair Basketball Team, Off-Campus Mavericks, The Office of Community Standards (BIT (Behavior Intervention Team), Mediation Services, RVSP (Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program) and Student Conduct), The Office of International Education, The Office for Students with Disabilities, Multicultural Affairs, New Maverick and Transfer Orientation, The Parent & Family Center, Spirit Groups (Dance, Cheer, Mascot and Maverick Wranglers), Student Activities and Organizations, Student Governance, Student Publications and University Events.
Prior to his position at The University of Texas at Arlington, Dr. Lamas was an administrator at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York for over ten years. He initially served as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and later assumed the roles of Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Interim Vice President–leading a comprehensive student affairs division on a campus of 25,000 students.
In addition to his previous administrative roles, Dr. Lamas served as an assistant professor within the Department of College Student Personnel and Higher Education at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York from 1997-2001.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Lamas was the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at McDaniel College for four years. Other professional positions include Executive Assistant for the Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Judicial Administration at Ithaca College, Director of Housing and Residence Life at Youngstown State University and Assistant to the Dean and Residence Hall Director at the State University of New York at Oneonta.
Dr. Lamas was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in Syracuse, New York. He is a first generation college student. He received a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Potsdam, master’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany and a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Albany in Educational Administration and Policy Studies with a concentration in Higher Education Administration. His dissertation and research interests include social and academic determinants of retention/student success among college students.
He is involved in a number of state, regional, and national professional organizations. Currently, Dr. Lamas serves on the national board of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) as a member of the board of directors and member at large. He has also served on the NASPA state board and has been the chair of the Council of Student Services Vice Presidents (COSS/VP) organization since 2010.
A recent noteworthy achievement includes leading The Division of Student Affairs at UT Arlington to its reception of the Ted K. Miller Achievement of Excellence Award from the Council for the Advancement of Standards in 2009. Other honors include Phi Kappa Phi, 2007; Golden Key Honor Society, Fall, 2005; UT Arlington Campus Kahuna Award, 2005; RIT Student Government Extra Mile Award, Spring, 2005; RIT Commission for Promoting Pluralism Diversity Trailblazer Award, Spring, 2005; Induction into Order of Omega, 2005 and 2008; Delta Phi Epsilon Leadership Award, 2001; NASPA Exemplary Program Award, 2000; Student Government Distinguished Administrator 1999 and 2001; McDaniel College Distinguished Service Award, 1990-94.
Dr. Lamas and his wife Deborah have four children, Gregory, Brianna, David and Alyssa. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and involvement in athletics.
College is all about forming bonds and gaining experience. That’s why Wendy Okolo supplements study time with offerings from UT Arlington’s student activities.