Alpine, TX – After a long search, Sul Ross finally has their new Provost. Dr. Bernardo Joaquin Canteñs has officially accepted the position as of Monday, November 16th. There were several candidates that were vetted during the year but the decision has been made.
Dr. Canteñs visited the campuses of Alpine, Del Rio, Uvalde, and Eagle Pass over the course of the previous week. During his tour, he met with faculty, staff, students, community members to answer their questions and discuss the direction he envisions for the university. He was met very positively and received great feedback.
“I am super excited about Dr Canteñs arrival and know that he will be a major force in achieving my goal of making Sul Ross one of the 100 best small colleges and universities in the country,” said President Pete Gallego.
Dr. Canteñs has a long and extensive career with higher education. He achieved his B.A. at Florida International University followed by his Ph.D. at the University of Miami in Philosophy. He also achieved a M.A. in Accounting from FIU. Most recently, he was the Associate Provost for Global Education and Online Innovation at Moravian University where he also served as the Chair of the Philosophy Department and was there for 13 years. Before that, he spent another 8 years at Barry University. During his career, he has served on dozens of Executive Committees and Councils, Planning and Budget Committees, Research and Development Committees and been a highly active presence in the academic identity of those institutions. He was able to oversee Moravian’s transition from in-person learning to online learning during the pandemic. His experience with both traditional academia and innovations that online learning has changed the landscape of higher education make him a highly capable and seasoned individual to step in and replicate his success here at Sul Ross.
He replaces Dr. Robert Kinucan who stepped down earlier in the year. Dr. Canteñs will start his tenure as the new Provost beginning in the spring of 2021.