UTPA President

About The President


The University of Texas-Pan American serves the social, economic, research and, most importantly, the educational needs of the rapidly growing transnational, culturally diverse population of South Texas. The University creates, preserves, and transmits knowledge that advances the region, state, and nation and that builds prosperity through entrepreneurship and commercialization. In a supportive environment dedicated to student learning, the University provides quality instruction in rigorous academic programs that leads to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees as well as professional certificates. Through teaching, research, creative activity, and public services, the University prepares students to be socially conscious citizens and transformative leaders.

Approved by UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen, September 23, 2011
Approved by the UT System Board of Regents, November 10, 2011
Approved by THECB, April 25, 2012


The vision of The University of Texas-Pan American is to be a premier institution of higher education. As a major, nationally recognized Hispanic-serving institution, the University will be a leader in addressing the needs of a culturally diverse society through discoveries and innovations of global significance.

Approved by UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen, April 19, 2011


    • We value ethical conduct based on honesty, integrity, and mutual respect in all interactions and relationships.
    • We value student access to higher education, recognizing their diversity and needs.
    • We value student success fostered through the commitment of faculty and staff.
    • We value a diversity of perspectives, experiences, and traditions as essential components of a quality education.
    • We value curiosity, exploration, inquiry, innovation, creativity, and an entrepreneurial spirit.
    • We value collaboration with internal and external constituent groups.
    • We value active involvement in shared governance, consensus-building, teamwork, and open communication.
    • We value our relationship as a united community of scholars, students, and staff, enriching each other's work and lives through our commitment to the advancement of UTPA.

Approved by UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen, April 19, 2011


    • Provide students a quality education that they complete in a timely fashion
    • Identify and focus on targeted research relevant to South Texas, emphasizing collaborative partnerships and entrepreneurship.
    • Enhance engagement with community constituents to meet challenges and maximize opportunities.
    • Collaborate with primary, secondary, and post-secondary schools to increase access, participation and success in higher education.
    • Leverage the University’s border location as a gateway for the Americas to initiate projects infused with global perspectives.
    • Optimize the effectiveness and efficiency, especially of processes that affect students, staff and faculty, consistent with high quality organizational standards.

Approved by UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen, October 29, 2010