UT Tyler Office of Marketing and Communications
UT Tyler Appoints New Vice President for Business Affairs
July 14, 2011
Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler
The University of Texas at Tyler has named Dr. Randall Powell the new vice president for business affairs, President Rodney H. Mabry announced.
Powell succeeds Dr. Gregg Lassen, who accepted a vice presidential position at Lamar University in February. Powell, whose appointment begins Sept. 1, was selected in an exhaustive national search that culminated with four finalists from Texas, Mississippi and New York.
He comes to UT Tyler after serving Sam Houston State University as its associate vice president for budget and operations and interim vice president for finance and operations.
“He has great experience in academic business affairs, working at various institutions ranging from Tulane and SMU, to his current position. Dr. Powell looks forward to the new challenge of helping UT Tyler reach its goal of becoming the best public university in the state and beyond,” President Mabry said.
At UT Tyler, Powell will serve as an executive staff member and act as UT Tyler’s chief fiscal officer. His primary responsibilities will include development of the university’s $62.1 million budget, identify and manage risk, prepare and submit substantial fiscal reports, interact significantly with UT System and state business officials and provide for maintenance of campus facilities.
Powell also will oversee the university’s construction projects and campus security.
His experience includes 30 years in higher education administration and management at seven institutions of higher education, including Southern Methodist University, Tulane University, University of Alabama in Huntsville and Georgia Institute of Technology. While at Sam Houston State University, he led and supervised institutional research and analysis, dining services, mail services, printing/press and vending and recycling as well as the budget office for the campus, which enrolls more than 17,000 students.
At SMU, he oversaw its operating budget of $370 million, working closely with executive members to achieve long-range financial planning. He also was instrumental in increasing faculty usage of a course management system and updating the university’s information technology strategic plan.
Powell holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology and research, with minors in statistics, counseling and guidance and special education, as well as a master of arts in educational psychology and bachelor of science in psychology, all from the University of Alabama.
One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of almost 6,500 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.