College of business professor spearheads a resolution


A college of business professor wants a requirement of faculty senate approval. Ellyson Ortega/The Paisano

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John Weld, a professor in the College of Business (COB) at UTSA and a faculty senator, is spearheading a resolution requiring the university president and provost to consult the faculty senate before making major decisions, such as the COB moving to the Downtown Campus.

In an initiative brief titled “UTSA Downtown Campus: A 10 Year Vision,” UTSA provided an overview of the university’s vision of becoming a model for student success, growing as a research university and utilizing the full potential of the Downtown Campus.

Phase one of the downtown initiative is scheduled to take place from 2018 to 2023. The strategic initiatives in the COB involve a new building that aims to include all of the resources available at the Main Campus.

“A proposed new 250,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building to house UTSA’s College of Business in downtown San Antonio, offering high tech classrooms, research centers and enhanced experiential learning opportunities for students.” The initiative brief noted. “This proposal, subject to tuition revenue bond funding availability and gift funding, will require significant planning to ensure that many academic programs remain available on the Main Campus, especially during transition.”

In a statement released to The Paisano on behalf of the UTSA Communication Department, “Moving the College of Business to the Downtown Campus was presented by the Downtown Campus Task Force as part of the Presidential Initiative on the Downtown Campus. A timeline for the move is dependent on the receipt of funding to construct a new building,” Christi Fish, executive director of university communications, said.