Arkansas State University’s Campus Queretaro will be undergoing a shift in leadership following the retirement of the campus’ vice rector.
In December 2019, Dr. David Ray retired as Campus Queretaro’s vice rector. He had joined the campus in September 2019.
“David is a great friend and I deeply appreciate what he has done for our faculty, staff, and students at Campus Queretaro,” Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said in a statement. “I appreciate Thilla’s willingness to provide leadership during this time of transition.”
According to an A-State news release, a search is underway to find a permanent vice rector.
Dr. Thilla Sivakumuaran is taking over Ray’s role in an interim capacity. Currently the executive director of A-State’s Global Engagement and Outreach division, Sivakumuaran will serve as the interim vice rector until the replacement is appointed.
As the interim vice rector, Sivakumuaran will oversee the Queretaro campus’ academic program. He is slated to make monthly trips to the campus in Mexico while making weekly virtual updates with the campus leaders.
Arkansas State University’s Campus Queretaro, a $75 million campus that sits on 370 acres in Mexico, opened in fall 2017. The campus features approximately 800,000 square feet of academic and residential buildings for students and staff.
The campus has been developed by a private foundation, led by Ricardo Gonzalez.