University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the University of Texas at San Antonio: Office of the Vice President for Downtown Operations Records, 1988-1998



Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Texas at San Antonio. Office of the Vice President for Downtown Operations
Title: University of Texas at San Antonio: Office of the Vice President for Downtown Operations Records
Dates: 1988-1998
Creator Abstract: The Office of the Vice President for Downtown Operations, established in 1991, oversaw the establishment of a second campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio. The Vice President of Downtown Operations reported to the President and directly supervised four offices: Assistant Vice President for Administrative Services - Downtown, UTSA Economic Development Centers, UTSA Alliance for Education, and Educational Outreach. The office, as well as downtown classes, were located at the Institute of Texan Cultures from September 1991 until 1993, when classes moved to Cypress Tower. Dr. Jude Valdez was the first and only Vice President for Downtown Operations. The office was dissolved in approximately 1995.
Content Abstract: This collection spans the years 1988 through 1998 and includes correspondence, organizational charts, drafts of strategic plans and related notes and correspondence, planning documents relating to the downtown campus's move from the Institute of Texan Cultures to Cypress Tower, news clippings documenting media coverage of UTSA Downtown, brochures, pamphlets, event programs, course catalogs, and other materials.
Identification: UA 04.03
Extent: 1.5 linear feet (3 Boxes + 1 oversized folder)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

The UTSA Office of the Vice President for Downtown Operations, established in 1991, oversaw the establishment of a second campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio. The Vice President for Downtown Operations (VPDO) reported directly to the President. The position's duties included responsibility of all administrative and physical plant support services located downtown, including business services, physical plant, custodial and grounds maintenance, utilities, security, and parking. The VPDO directly supervised four offices: Assistant Vice President for Administrative Services - Downtown, UTSA Economic Development Centers, UTSA Alliance for Education, and Educational Outreach. Prior to the establishment of this office, downtown operations were overseen by the Executive Director of the Institute of Texan Cultures and Vice President for Downtown Affairs, a position held by John McGiffert until his retirement in August 1991.

The VPDO as well as downtown classes were located at the Institute of Texan Cultures from September 1991 until January 1994, when classes moved to Cypress Tower on Main Street in downtown San Antonio. At that time, construction was underway for a permanent campus, which would be completed in 1998.

Dr. Jude Valdez was the Vice President for Downtown Operations, appointed in 1991 by UTSA President Samuel A. Kirkpatrick. Prior to this position, Valdez worked in the Center for Economic Development (a unit of the College of Business) as the director of the University's economic development centers located at HemisFair Park and in the Control Data Corporation building on South Frio Street. He was additionally an Associate Dean in the College of Business.

The Office of the Vice President for Downtown Operations was dissolved in approximately 1995. Jude Valdez became the Vice President for Extended Education and Director of Economic Development Centers and later the Vice President for Community Services. Operations at the UTSA Downtown Campus were overseen by Vice Provost for UTSA Downtown Campus, Dr. Jesse Zapata.

Sources:

  • Cavender, Kay. "UTSA Center for Economic Development Receives Grant" [news release], October 12, 1982. UTSA Office of News and Information. UA 16.01: Office of University Communications Records (Acc. 2005-055), Archives and Special Collections, UTSA Library.
  • Harford, Jim. "UTSA Reorganizes to Enhance Downtown Presence" [news release], January 30, 1991. UTSA Public Affairs Office. UA 16.01: Office of University Communications Records (Acc. 2005-055), Archives and Special Collections, UTSA Library.
  • Jude Valdez - curriculum vita, undated. UA 16.01: Office of University Communications Records (Acc. 2005-055), Archives and Special Collections, UTSA Library.
  • Schedule of Downtown Course Offerings, Fall 1993. UA 01.02.03: Course Catalogs and Class Schedules, Archives and Special Collections, UTSA Library.
  • UTSA Downtown Campus: Homepage. http://www.utsa.edu/dtcamp/ (Accessed November 14, 2008).


Scope and Content Note

This collection spans the years 1988 through 1998 and includes correspondence, memoranda, organizational charts, drafts of strategic plans and related notes and correspondence, planning documents relating to the downtown campus's move from the Institute of Texan Cultures to Cypress Tower, news clippings documenting media coverage of UTSA Downtown, brochures, pamphlets, event programs, course catalogs, and other materials.

The records were primarily created by Jude Valdez, Vice President for Downtown Operations, and collected by Barbara Harp, Senior Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Downtown Operations.

This collection is housed at UTSA's HemisFair Park Campus and must be accessed via the Institute of Texan Cultures Special Collections Reading Room. To request access, please use our Collections Request Form.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions on these materials.

Usage Restrictions

Please contact University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections for further information about copyright issues and permission to publish items from this collection.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Valdez, Jude.
Harp, Barbara.
Organizations
University of Texas at San Antonio. Office of the Vice President for Downtown Operations.
University of Texas at San Antonio. Downtown Campus--Planning.
University of Texas at San Antonio. Facilities Planning and Development.
University of Texas at San Antonio--History.
Subjects
Universities and colleges--History--20th century.
Universities and colleges--United States--Administration.
Strategic planning--Texas--San Antonio.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)--History--20th century.
Genres/Formats
Correspondence.
Memorandums.
Master plan reports.
Organizational charts.
Clippings.
Local Subjects
UTSA History
UTSA Records

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], UTSA Office of the Vice President for Downtown Operations Records, UA 04.03, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Transferred to the University Archives in 2005 (Acc. 2005-067) and 2011 (Acc. 2011-057).

Processing Information

Processed by Angela McClendon, University Archivist, November 2008.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

UTSA Office of the Vice President for Downtown Operations Records, 1988-1998 and undated

Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
1 1 News clippings regarding a downtown campus at UTSA, 1988-1990
2 San Antonio and area - general information, clips, 1990-1991
3 Materials relating to computers and computer training, 1991
4 Strategic plan, Office of the Assistant Vice President for Administrative Services ["Early draft - not used in this form"], March 8, 1991
5 Telephone message forms from Barbara Harp, Senior Executive Assistant, November 25, 1991-August 20, 1992
6 UTSA Downtown Center Strategic Plan: plan and materials pertaining to update, 1991-1993
7 Program, "The University of Texas at San Antonio Announces the Inauguration of Phase I of the UTSA Downtown Center at HemisFair Park," 1991
8 Media coverage of UTSA Downtown, 1991-1993
9 Talking points on Downtown Center and related correspondence, 1992
10 Telephone number 227-UTSA - correspondence and related materials, 1992
11 UTSA Downtown reorganization [organizational charts, correspondence, and notes], 1992-1993
12 Correspondence between Samuel Kirkpatrick and San Antonio mayor Nelson Wolff, March 1992 and April 1993
13 UTSA Downtown Center: Master Plan [draft], 1992
Box Folder
2 1 UTSA Downtown Center: Appendix to Master Plan, 1992
2 UTSA Downtown academic programming - correspondence, notes, and related material, 1992-1993
3 UTSA Downtown Center staff meetings - correspondence and related materials, 1992
4 UTSA Downtown Center news clips, September 1992-May 1993
5 Course catalogs for Downtown Center classes, Summer 1993-Spring 1994
6 UTSA Downtown Center Strategic Plan through 1998-99 [draft] and related materials, 1992
7 Correspondence pertaining to UTSA Downtown Steering Committee, April 1993
8 UTSA Downtown Center master plan - furniture and equipment records, 1993
9 UTSA Downtown Center master plan - facilities planning records, 1993 and undated
10 UTSA Downtown Strategic Plan, Update II ["original, with dividers"], April 1993
11 UTSA Downtown Strategic Plan, Update II [draft; "BH copy"], April 1993
12 UTSA Downtown Strategic Plan, Update II ["clean copy without dividers"], April 1993
13 Estimate of employee parking slot requirements at Cypress Tower, Fall 1993
14 Outgoing letters from Jude Valdez to UTSA Downtown students and "All," November 1993
15 UTSA Downtown Campus student survey and related memorandum from Samuel Kirkpatrick, 1998
16 Pamphlet, "The UTSA Strategic Plan 1991-99: Executive Summary," undated
17 Booklet, "UTSA Downtown: A Strategic Initiative, " undated
18 Brochure, "Library Services for the UTSA Downtown Center (The University of Texas at San Antonio and The Institute of Texan Cultures)," undated
Box Folder
3 1-3 News clippings regarding a downtown campus at UTSA 1992-1996
4 Memoranda from Director of University Communications, Jim Hartford, "UTSA Downtown Presence," 1991
4 Inauguration of Phase I of the UTSA Downtown Center at HemisFair Park, 1991
4 UTSA Downtown application deadline poster, 1993
Drawer
16 Downtown campus building, phase II level II, moveable furniture, 1997
UTSA Downtown site development plan, September, 1994
Downtown Center sign, undated
Schematic design submittal, 1994
Downtown campus groundbreaking poster, 1995