When Lou Agnese was hired as the eighth president of Incarnate Word College in 1985, he was one of the youngest university presidents in the United States. At 33, the Brooklyn native faced the daunting challenge of reviving an institution with a shrinking enrollment and an uncertain future whose student demographics were out of step with San Antonio. Now in his twenty-sixth year as UIW president, Agnese, as a local business leader recently observed, has forever transformed the educational landscape of South Texas.
Author Dr. Patricia A. Watkins, retired vice president for international affairs at UIW, mixes humor with an insider s keen eye for details. She provides an insightful look into how Agnese, over a quarter century, transformed a small college best known for being across from a popular eatery on Broadway in San Antonio into a financially robust international center of learning.
Today, the University of the Incarnate Word, as it has been known since 1996, has sites in Texas, China and Mexico. It is the largest Catholic university in Texas and the state s fourth largest private college. It is No. 1 nationally among faith-based universities in the awarding of bachelor s degrees to Hispanics and No. 2 among all private universities. And for the third consecutive year, UIW was chosen one of the Great Colleges to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education, reaching the national Top 10 Honor Roll twice in that span.
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About the Author
Patricia A. Watkins rode the fast-moving Agnese train at the University of the Incarnate Word for 23 years until disembarking in 2010, when she retired as vice president for international affairs. Watkins, who holds a doctorate in education from Texas A&M University, is also the author of four science textbooks. She and Charles Watkins have been married for 53 years and have two grown children. Pat and Charles reside in Boerne, Texas.
Table of Contents
I The New Vision: A Welcoming Campus Is Stabilized
1 The Presidency - Job or Vision? 3
2 Let the Bartering Begin! 13
3 Selling the Plan 21
4 The Sign Painter and the Man in the Moon 29
5 Inauguration at "The College" 37
6 No Mafia-Just Lou 45
7 Fickle Fame and a Bowl of Chili 53
8 DéjàVuinWaco 63
II Growth and Change: "Somebody Stop That Man!"
9 The Brainpower Connection 73
10 A Slow Boat for Balance 81
11 Flak Jackets and Texas Rangers 89
12 From A to Zoo 97
13 All Dressed Up with No Place to Park 105
14 "The Rest of the Story" 115
15 Johnny's Bridge 121
16 The Year of the Tiger 129
17 Blind or Blind-sided? 137
18 The Other Shoe 141
III Raising All Ships: A Mature Campus; A Mature President
19 A Mouse in the House 149
20 Where were You When…? 157
21 The Right Prescription 165
22 Build It and They Will Come 173
23 Bad Year at Goodyear 181
24 Still Undefeated 187
25 To Be Continued 195