The UT System Board of Regents has named Vistasp M. Karbhari president of UT Arlington effective June 1.
The board unanimously approved the appointment at a special called meeting on Tuesday. Dr. Karbhari was named lone finalist for the position at a Board of Regents meeting last month.
He will succeed President James D. Spaniolo, who announced last June his intention to step down from the top post once his successor is in place. Spaniolo has served as UT Arlington president since 2004, and his last day will be May 31.
“UT Arlington is an incredible institution, and I am committed to advancing UT Arlington toward Tier One status, while maintaining and strengthening excellence in both research and education and ensuring the success of our undergraduate and graduate students,” Karbhari says. “I am honored by the board’s decision to name me as president, and I am looking forward to leading this wonderful University and building on the tremendous foundations laid by President Spaniolo.”
Karbhari currently is the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Prior to that, he served as professor and vice chairman of the Structural Engineering Department at the University of California-San Diego.
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