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Cynthia Teniente-Matson | President, Texas A&M University – San Antonio

Current Position and Past Experience
Cynthia Teniente-Matson is currently President of Texas A&M University at San Antonio and has been in this position since 2015. Since becoming president in 2015, Dr. Teniente-Matson has forged an audacious strategic plan for the University to fulfill its mission and bring to life its core values while achieving several important goals, including becoming a national model for student and academic success. She also lead the university’s achievement to U.S. Dept. of Ed. HSI designation.

Dr. Teniente-Matson has more than 25 years of experience in higher education with a track record of achievement that supports campus growth, including faculty and student success, economic development, financial stewardship and broad-based entrepreneurial leadership. Prior to her appointment at A&M-SA, she worked as Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of California State University Fresno.

Education, Honors and Achievements
An advocate of continuing education, Dr. Teniente-Matson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Fresno State. Dr. Teniente-Matson and her husband Mike are parents to two sons, Phillip and Wyatt.

Dr. Teniente-Matson has been recognized for her leadership and service in the field of education, including receiving the Making a Mark on the World Innovation Award from the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber and the Women’s Leadership Award from the San Antonio Business Journal. She is also a sought-after speaker and mentor on contemporary issues in higher education leadership. In 2020, she was awarded the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership’s 2020 US-Japan Public Intellectual.

Personal Details and Community Involvement
A San Antonio native, Dr. Teniente-Matson is deeply committed to giving back to the community that has given so much to her. She served as President of the San Antonio Tricentennial Commission, and she is on the boards of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She is also a national thought leader on higher education issues, serving on the board of directors for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and on the board for Higher Education Resource Services (HERS). She currently serves as a national board member on the Girl Scouts USA Board.

You can connect with Cynthia on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @Cynthia Teniente Matson.