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March 1, 2010
Trinity University Economist Appointed Occidental College Dean
SAN ANTONIO – Trinity University economist Jorge G. Gonzalez, a faculty member for 20 years and a special assistant to the Trinity president, has been named dean and vice president of Academic Affairs at Occidental College in California.
Professor Gonzalez has served as chair of the Trinity economics department for nine years and as special assistant to the president since 2008. In those positions, he has played an important role in the internationalization of the curriculum, the development of an open access policy for faculty scholarship, and the creation of new interdisciplinary initiatives. He was an American Council on Education Fellow during the 2007-08 academic year.
His legacy also includes creating the MAS initiative – the study of Mexico, the Americas, and Spain – an interdisciplinary program launched as part of Trinity’s capital campaign. He played a major role in developing Trinity’s Languages Across the Curriculum, the University’s first intersession program in Vietnam, and a major student and faculty exchange program with the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.
“Jorge Gonzalez has had a major impact on Trinity in so many ways: as a remarkable teacher, a gifted department chair and University leader, and tireless developer of international educational opportunities for our students. His many contributions have made Trinity an even better place,” said Michael Fischer, vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of the Trinity faculty.
The appointment, made after a national search, was announced by Occidental President Jonathan Veitch, who said Professor Gonzalez “has a real passion for the liberal arts. He has demonstrated capacity for problem-solving and consensus-building. Perhaps most importantly, he is a person of genuine warmth, thoughtfulness, intelligence and judgment.”
Professor Gonzalez will begin his job at Occidental on Aug. 1. A graduate of the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Monterrey, Mexico, he earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. in economics from Michigan State University. A winner of Trinity’s top teaching award, he has taught courses in micro-and macroeconomics, international trade, and the economy of Mexico.