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UT Dallas' Dr. Mary Evans Sias Named
Dr. Jenifer Praises Her Numerous Contributions
RICHARDSON, Texas (Feb. 12, 2004) — Dr. Mary Evans Sias, a popular local civic leader and dynamic, student-oriented administrator at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), has been named president of Kentucky State University.
Sias, 53, senior vice president for student affairs and external relations and a member of President Franklyn G. Jenifer's Cabinet at UTD, will assume her new position in the spring.
"Dr. Sias has done an outstanding job at UTD, and her counsel has been invaluable to me," Dr. Jenifer said. "She has brought a rare combination of sensitivity, caring, passion, courage and extraordinary ability to her position. I will miss her, her colleagues will miss her and hundreds, if not thousands, of students she has helped mentor and built relationships with will miss her."
Jenifer predicted that Sias would "make an excellent university president," and he commended Kentucky State for its "wisdom in selecting her for the position." He said it would be difficult for UTD to replace her.
Kentucky State, a historically black, land-grant university located in Frankfort, Ky., has been without a permanent president since July 2002, when George W. Reid's contract expired and was not renewed. KSU was chartered as a state school in 1886 and became a full university in 1972. The liberal studies institution has an enrollment of about 2,300.
Sias, who joined UTD in 1995 as associate provost and associate professor of the faculty in the School of General Studies, said she "tremendously enjoyed her rich and rewarding nine years at UTD" but that the Kentucky State presidency was an opportunity she "simply couldn't pass up."
"It is a tremendous honor to have been selected to lead Kentucky State University, a school steeped in tradition," Sias said. I am excited about this opportunity and approach it with a great deal of optimism and enthusiasm."
At UTD, Sias is responsible for overseeing all issues affecting prospective and current students, including recruitment, admissions, registration, financial aid and such other related student services as health, counseling, the career center, the women's center and athletics. She also has worked with other members of the Cabinet on special initiatives and serves as a liaison with business, governmental and other educational entities as well as with students and faculty.
Sias, a native of Jackson, Miss., who has lived in the Metroplex for 24 years, is active in a wide variety of Dallas-area civic organizations. She currently serves as president of the Girl Scouts of Tejas Council and vice chair of the board of directors of the Richardson Regional Medical Center. She also is a director of Oaks Bank and Trust Co. and sits on the boards of the Salvation Army, the King Foundation and the City of Richardson's Civil Service Board. She is a member of the Dallas Forum, Charter 100, the Executive Women of Dallas and the Dallas Assembly, and over the years she has served with many other local organizations.
Prior to joining UTD, Sias was chief executive officer of the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas for 13 years.
Sias has won numerous awards for her many contributions, including the "She Knows Where She Is Going Award," the Women's Center "Maura Award" for outstanding service to women and girls, the Trailblazer Award from the South Dallas Business and Professional Women's Club, the "Outstanding Texan Award for Community Service," given by the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, the Girl Scouts of Texas' "Women of Distinction Award" and the "Women of Excellence Award, given by Women's Enterprize magazine.
Sias is a graduate, summa cum laude, of Tougaloo College and earned an MBA from Abilene Christian College. She received a Master of Science degree and a Ph.D., both in sociology, from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she was a Ford Foundation Fellow.
About UTDThe University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor, enrolls more than 13,700 students. The school's freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit its web site at www.utdallas.edu .
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