University of Texas-Pan American President Robert Nelsen is set to resign his position Aug. 31, but he won’t be going far.
Francisco Cigarroa, chancellor of the UT System, announced in a news release Thursday that Nelsen is in talks to take a job in the UT System and will remain at UTPA as a tenured faculty member.
“Watching President Robert Nelsen lead The University of Texas-Pan American for the past four and a half years has been a true honor,” Cigarroa said in the news release. “President Nelsen’s passion, dedication and zeal for his job are matchless and without comparison.”
UT System spokeswoman Jenny Lacoste-Caputo said Nelsen’s tenured faculty position would not automatically transfer to UT-RGV, but would be subject to the same terms as other UTPA faculty entering the new university. The outgoing UTPA president could not be reached for comment for this story.
Nelsen announced Monday that he planned to leave his position Aug. 31 and that an interim president will be chosen to serve between himself and Guy Bailey, who will take over as president of the new UT Rio Grande Valley in 2015.
Cigarroa and the UT System executive vice chancellor of academic affairs, Pedro Reyes, will choose the interim president.
Nelsen, who unsuccessfully interviewed for the UT-RGV president position, said in a previous phone interview that Bailey will do just fine in the Valley.
“I think they will introduce him to the community and they will embrace him just as they embraced me,” Nelsen said. “And they will embrace UT-RGV just as they embraced UT-Pan American.”