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“Dr. Espy leads by example and his profound impact on our faculty, staff, and students deserves to be celebrated.
Since Espy joined UTSA in June 2018, the university has seen notable progress in academic excellence, student success, and institutional visibility. UTSA improved access for students from low- and middle-income families through the Bold Promise program and achieved an all-time high enrollment rate, with two out of three students representing a group historically underserved by higher education .
The number of degrees awarded has increased exponentially and the average time to complete an undergraduate degree has dropped to 4.4 years. Graduates are better prepared to enter the workforce thanks to the innovative Classroom to Career initiative that has increased career-focused learning experiences in university programs and strategically aligned university programs with the needs of the workforce -work.
New programs and colleges, including the Margie and Bill Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design, the College for Health, Community and Policy, and the School of Data Science, have been created to better serve students in their future career success. Certifying the university’s intent to serve Latino students and achieve positive student outcomes, UTSA earned the seal in excellence of excellence in education in 2020.
Through the 2020 Faculty Recruitment Strategic Initiative, UTSA has created an outstanding intellectual community of diverse academic faculty, educated at the world’s top universities and committed to high-quality, inclusive teaching for deep student learning. In 2022, UTSA was classified as a Carnegie R1 institution, a milestone in UTSA’s strategic vision to become a model of student success and a leading public research university.
A longtime advocate of mutual community partnerships, Espy has worked with colleagues at UT Health San Antonio on numerous efforts to benefit the city, including joint and articulated degree programs, the development of the new School of Health University of Texas at San Antonio and the expansion of Wellness 360, an innovative and integrated health and mental health care delivery model program for students on UTSA campuses.
She also played a pivotal role in the effort to combine the college-level art programs of the Southwest School of Art (SSA) and UTSA into the new UTSA Southwest campus, building on the rich legacy of SSA community art programs to advance the arts and crafts. education in San Antonio and the region.
Espy also recently chaired the Texas Cultures Institute Centennial 2068: Community Stakeholder Vision process to gather input from the community, local stakeholders and subject matter experts to envision the next 50 years of ITC and its museum, ensuring that this valuable resource is available for future generations.
“I am extremely grateful for Dr. Espy’s leadership at UTSA, especially his commitment to advancing student success and faculty excellence initiatives that create new opportunities for our students to blaze pathways to impactful careers,” said the UTSA president. Taylor Eightmy. “Dr. Espy leads by example and her profound impact on our faculty, staff, and students deserves to be celebrated. I am so proud of all that she has accomplished and will continue to accomplish for our community.
Espy has earned a national reputation for advancing institutional, academic, and student success, promoting faculty and staff development, and deepening university-community engagement for more than two decades in the higher education sector. As UTSA’s Academic Director, she oversees eight academic colleges and the new School of Data Science, as well as academic support divisions and other offices that advance institutional success.
Prior to joining UTSA, Espy served as Senior Vice President for Research at the University of Arizona, Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice President for Research and Innovation at the University of Oregon, and associate vice president for research and acting dean of graduate studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Espy earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rice University and his master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology and clinical neuropsychology, respectively, from the University of Houston. Additionally, she completed a clinical/pediatric psychology internship at the University of Louisville School of Medicine/Bingham Child Guidance Center and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and is a licensed clinical psychologist. A neuroscientist and translational clinical researcher, Espy is also an elected member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Psychological Association. She holds the Peter T. Flawn Professorship at UTSA.