Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson was selected as sole finalist and Interim President of Texas A&M University-San Antonio, effective January 12, 2015, by the Texas A&M University System on December 6, 2014. With over two decades of experience in higher education in management and finance, Matson brings a professional background, thoughtful leadership and practical experience that will take A&M-SA to the next level.
Since 2004, she served as Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer of California State University Fresno, where her responsibilities included financial services, facilities and capital management, human resources, technology services, University Police and auxiliary services. From 1991 to 2004, Matson held a variety of administrative positions at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, culminating in her role as Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services.
Matson has given numerous presentations on contemporary higher education leadership topics ranging from business and the financial needs of universities to the importance of women leaders on campus. She has published in a variety of business and educational journals and is highly motivated to increase opportunities for student engagement. Her personal research interests are in inclusive leadership and the contemporary role of business officers in the Academy.
She has served on a number of boards and committees, including: the Higher Education Resource Services Board, Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, and the Western Association of College and University Business Officers.
Matson has been the recipient of a variety of honors and awards, including: 2014 Top Ten Professional Women by the Majroree Mason Center; one of the Top 40 Under 40 by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce & AK Journal of Commerce, and; the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Job Effectiveness by the University of Alaska.
Born in San Antonio, Matson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Management in 1989 from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a Master of Business Administration in 1998 from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She received a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Fresno State in 2013.
Her confirmation as President will be voted on at the Board of Regents’ next meeting in February 2015.