ODESSA, TX (KWES) - A lone finalist has been named to replace Dr. David Watts as president of UTPB.
Sandra Woodley, former president of the University of Louisiana System, was named the sole finalist.
We're told the regents voted unanimously to select Woodley at a special board meeting on Tuesday.
The search for a new president of UTPB began last year when Watts announced that he was planning to step down as president in August 2017.
UT System Chancellor William H. McRaven said in a press release that Woodley is exactly the right leader at the right time for UT Permian Basin and is enthusiastic to partner with her to chart the university's course into the future.
"These are exciting times at UT Permian Basin, with the addition of new academic programs and facilities, new opportunities for student life and a new football team—UTPB is a university on a good trajectory," McRaven said, pointing out that enrollment at the university has tripled in the past 15 years. "Dr. Woodley brings innovative, inspiring leadership that can propel UT Permian Basin to even greater heights. Her extensive experience working with faculty, students, boards, elected officials and the philanthropic and business communities make her the ideal candidate."
Under state law, university governing boards must name finalists for a presidency at least 21 days before making an appointment. During that time, UT System leaders will be coordinating meetings to give the university and Midland-Odessa communities the opportunity to hear from Woodley.