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UTPB president set to step down, reflects on tenure

Dr. W. David Watts (Source: University of Texas of the Permian Basin) Dr. W. David Watts (Source: University of Texas of the Permian Basin)
MIDLAND-ODESSA, TX (KWES) -

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin President David Watts described the state of the university as he prepares to step down as president.

Watts told the school about his decision during their fall convocation about earlier this week. For the longest tenured, president in school history Watts says he thought he was only going to last one third of his tenure.

"We came here and thought we'd be here five years. We've already overstayed our own period of time", said Watts.

Over Watts' time as president, student enrollment increase, the school was recognized as being affordable to students, UTPB got a new football team, but Watts said seeing more degree programs like music, nursing and engineering were he biggest accomplishments.

"I think what that will do is increase the amount of student interests and amount of student involvement," said Watts.

As President Watts prepares to step down next August his only regret was he wished he could be President for another 15 years.

"I wish that I had more longevity if not immortality and more energy so I could help, be here, and work with UTPB as it achieves it's destiny in the future," said Watts.

Watts says even though he is stepping down he will still work with the school is some capacity. Officials with the school say they will conduct a search for a new president and expect to have one in place by Fall 2017.

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