UT System academic official to step down

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Pedro Reyes, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the UT System, is planning to step down from his position, the UT System announced Thursday.

Reyes will return to UT Austin as a full-time professor in the fall of 2016. Reyes has taught part-time since he joined the System as executive vice chancellor in 2003.

In a statement released by the System, Reyes said it was time for him to return to teaching.

“Working with the UT System’s academic presidents to make significant improvements in student success on such a wide scale has been one of the richest and most rewarding experiences of my professional career,” Reyes said. “But now it’s time for me to return to my other passion – teaching and research.”

Reyes said he will not leave his position until his successor is named and will continue to hold his position as special assistant to the chancellor through the end of December 2015. As special assistant, he will continue to provide guidance for UT Rio Grande Valley, UT System’s engineering and computer science initiative, and Americas Institute, among other projects.