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UTA In The News — Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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Presidential announcement expected

The eight-month search for a new president at the University of Texas at Arlington is nearing an end as the UT System board of regents prepares to meet Thursday, likely to choose a lone finalist to replace President James D. Spaniolo, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. UTA has added nearly 10,000 students over the past decade and is now the largest public university in North Texas and the second-largest in the UT System. Under Spaniolo, UT Arlington has tripled research expenditures, recruited new faculty members, increased student retention and expanded online and international education programs. A vigorous construction program has included the development of the College Park District, a 20-acre mixed-use development, and a new Engineering Research Building.

Eyes on Austin meeting

One of the items on the agenda at the meeting of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System is consideration of potential candidates for president of The University of Texas at Arlington, according to the Fort Worth Business Press. The agenda item is one of the last ones scheduled for the meeting on Thursday in Austin. The next president will succeed President James Spaniolo, who announced in June his intention to step down from the top post once his successor is in place.

Professor shares Israel experiences

Brent Sasley, an assistant professor of political science at UT Arlington, wrote a column in 972 Magazine in which he defended three programs that aim to bring academics from around the world to Israel. Sasley used his own experiences to counter claims that the programs, all funded by Jews, Israeli, or right-leaning individuals and organizations, presented one-sided views.