Cynthia Teniente-Matson


San José State University (CA)

Cynthia Teniente-Matson, a San Antonio native, is the second president of Texas A&M University-San Antonio (A&M-SA), one of the fastest-growing universities in Texas and the only Texas A&M System university located in a major metropolitan city. She also serves as chair-elect on the AASCU Board of Directors. Since becoming president in 2015, Teniente-Matson has forged an audacious strategic plan for the university to fulfill its mission. At A&M-SA, she has led the institution’s successful transformation to becoming a designated Hispanic-serving institution and a comprehensive four-year university, welcoming the university’s first freshman class in 2016. She has led new strategic initiatives, including creation of the Mays Center for Experiential Learning and Community Engagement through private funding and securing Chancellor’s Research funding for the Institute of Water Resources Science and Technology. Teniente-Matson has been recognized for her leadership and service in education, including receiving the Making a Mark on the World Innovation Award from the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber and the Women’s Leadership Award from the San Antonio Business Journal.