Winter 2014 Commencement Speaker
Dr. Alan F. J. Artibise
Alan F. J. Artibise is Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost at The University of Texas at Brownsville.
Artibise came to UTB in 2009 and will be retiring from his current position and from his academic appointment at UTB effective February 1, 2015.
Artibise began his career in higher education in 1971. This year marks his 43rd year working as a professor and academic administrator working at institutions in both Canada and the United States.
He served as executive dean, dean of social sciences, and executive director of the Institute for Social Science Research in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University. In previous positions, he has been a professor and administrator at several other North American universities, including the University of New Orleans, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and the Universities of British Columbia, Winnipeg, Victoria and Manitoba.
Artibise has broad and extensive experience in the humanities and social sciences, and in the planning and public administration professions. Trained as a political scientist and urban historian, Artibise has chaired a multidisciplinary social and behavioral sciences department, taught in a traditional history department, worked as a professional historian at the Canadian Museum of Civilization (in Ottawa), and served as executive director of a variety of research and public policy centers and institutes.
At UTB, he reports to the president of the university and is responsible for the administration of UTB. The provost works with university vice presidents to develop, implement and coordinate the activities of each division of the university, ensuring efficient and focused effort toward the institution's strategic goals.
Of his time at UTB, Artibise says he cannot imagine a more interesting or challenging way to spend the last few years in his lifetime vocation. He says he leaves with many life lasting memories.