Southwest Texas Junior College President Dr. Ismael Sosa, Jr., welcomed faculty back for the final time Tuesday (Jan. 8) on the opening day of 2013 spring convocation.
Sosa, who was named as president in 1999, will retire in July after 45 years with the college.
"I was thinking about the last 45 years and the one constant over my time here has been an outstanding faculty," Sosa said. "You have touched the lives of thousands of students. Your commitment and passion have yielded great dividends and I thank you."
The SWTJC president also commended the college board of trustees for their support.
"A steady, dedicated board during my time as president has allowed us to move forward on a variety of initiatives," Sosa said.
Looking to the future, Sosa believes continuing to find ways to incorporate emerging technology in all areas of the institution, from administration to instruction, will be a key to future success.
"We've always worked hard, but we need to continue using available technology to work smarter," he said. "It will require a team effort, but working together I see a bright future for Southwest Texas Junior College."
Sosa was first hired as an English and Spanish instructor at SWTJC in 1968. Over the years he held a variety of administrative positions with the college. He was the dean of admissions and student services when he was named president in 1999.
A graduate of Cotulla High School, Sosa earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Sul Ross State University. In 2000, he was awarded a Ph.D. in educational administration from Texas A&M University.
In January of 2011, Sosa declined a contract extension offered him by the board, announcing his plans to retire when his contract expires in July of 2013.
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