Prof Leads Libraries During Search for New Dean

Associate Provost and Economics Professor Sheila Amin Gutiérrez de Piñeres will serve as the interim dean of libraries while a University committee conducts a national search for a new dean to succeed Dr. Larry Sall, who retired last month.

Dr. Piñeres will have responsibility for managing a staff of 63 full-time employees and overseeing the collections and services of the McDermott Library and the Callier Library at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders. 

“Dr. Piñeres is a highly able administrator who will ensure a smooth transition of leadership for the libraries. I appreciate her volunteering once again to provide essential administrative service to the University community.”

Dr. Hobson Wildenthal, Executive Vice President and Provost

Piñeres is a professor in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences and heads the school’s program in Public Policy and Political Economy.  From 2006 to 2008, she served as associate provost for enrollment services. 

Before joining UT Dallas in 1996, she taught economics at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.  She has authored and co-authored numerous articles about such topics as development economics, international economics and Latin America and is the author of Guns, Drugs, and Development in Colombia with Kevin M. Curtin and fellow EPPS professor Jennifer Holmes.

Dr. Hasan Pirkul, dean of the School of Management, will chair the all-University committee charged with identifying the next dean of the libraries.

Piñeres received her PhD in economics from Duke University in 1992.

Dr. Sheila Pineres heads the UT Dallas program in Public Policy and Political Economy. She earned her PhD in economics from Duke University in 1992.

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