“Dr. Espy leads by example and her profound impact on our faculty, staff and students is to be commended.”
Since Espy joined UTSA in June 2018, the university has seen significant progress in academic excellence, student success and institutional visibility. UTSA has increased access for students from low- and middle-income families through the Bold Promise program and achieved record overall enrollment, with two out of every three students representing a group historically underserved by higher education.
The number of degrees awarded has increased exponentially and the average time to achieve a university degree has fallen to 4.4 years. Graduates are better prepared to enter the workforce through the innovative Career Classroom initiative that has increased career-focused learning experiences in academic curricula and strategically aligned academic programs with workforce needs.
New programs and colleges including the Margie and Bill Klesse College of Integrated Engineering and Design, the College of Health, Community and Policy, and the School of Data Science were created to better serve students toward their future success in career. Proving the university’s intentionality in serving Latino students and achieving positive student outcomes, UTSA earned the seal of approval from excellency from excellency in education in 2020.
Through the 2020 Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative, UTSA has created an outstanding intellectual community of faculty scholars who are diverse, trained at top universities around the globe, and committed to comprehensive, high-quality instruction in learning. in-depth of students. In 2022, UTSA was classified as a Carnegie R1 institution, an important milestone in UTSA’s strategic vision to become a model for student success and a major public research university.
A longtime advocate for reciprocal community partnerships, Espy worked with UT Health San Antonio colleagues on many efforts to benefit the city, including joint and articulated degree programs, the development of the new University of Texas School of Public Health in San Antonio, and the expansion of Wellness 360, an innovative, integrated model of student wellness and mental health care across UTSA campuses.
She also played a leading role in the effort to combine the college-level art programs of Southwestern School of Art (SSA) and UTSA on the new UTSA Southwestern campus—building on SSA’s rich heritage of community arts programs to advance the arts and arts education in San Antonio and the region.
Espy also led recently Texan Cultural Institute Centennial 2068: Visioning Community Stakeholders process to gather input from the community, local stakeholders and subject matter experts to forecast the next 50 years of the ITC and its museum, ensuring that this valuable resource is available for future generations.
“I am extremely grateful for the leadership of Dr. Taylor Eighmy. “Dr. Espy leads by example and her profound impact on our faculty, staff and students is to be commended. I am very proud of all she has accomplished and will continue to accomplish for our community.”
Espy has earned a national reputation for advancing institutional, academic and student success, promoting faculty and staff development, and deepening university-community engagement over more than two decades in the higher education sector. As UTSA’s chief academic officer, she oversees eight academic colleges and the new School of Data Sciences, as well as academic support divisions and other offices that advance institutional success.
Prior to joining UTSA, Espy served as senior vice president for research at the University of Arizona, graduate dean and vice president for research and innovation at the University of Oregon, and associate vice president for research and graduate acting dean at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln.
Espy received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rice University and her master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology and neuropsychology, respectively, from the University of Houston. Additionally, she completed a clinical/pediatric psychology internship at the University of Louisville School of Medicine/Bingham Child Guidance Center and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and is a licensed clinical psychologist. A clinical translational and investigative neuroscientist, Espy is also an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Psychological Association. She holds the Peter T. Flawn Chair at UTSA.