SAN ANTONIO -- Dr. Ricardo Romo announced Wednesday he will retire as president of the University of Texas at San Antonio in Aug. 2017, following the spring 2017 semester.
The university said Romo is the fifth and longest serving president in UTSA's 47-year history. Romo is also UTSA's first Hispanic president.
"You pass the baton to the next fast guy," Romo said of his retirement at a media conference.
He is a San Antonio native and joined UTSA in 1999. He previously held administrative and academic positions at the University of Texas at Austin.
"Since being named president, Romo has led the university through the most transformative period in its history, with more than 50 percent of all academic degrees awarded during his tenure than in the previous 30 years... The university has more than 112,000 alumni," UTSA said in a media release.
“I am privileged to have been at UTSA at one of the most exciting times in its history. Our progress as a university has been monumental. We are well on our way to Tier One, and it is closer than ever," Romo said.
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