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About the Provost

Hector Quintanilla faculty 2015

Hector A. Quintanilla, PhD, CPA

Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs


  • Ph.D. — The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)
  • M.S. — The University of North Texas (UNT)
  • B.S. — The University of North Texas (UNT)

About Dr. Quintanilla

Dr. Quintanilla succeeds Dr. Allen Henderson who served as provost and senior V.P. for Academic Affairs for 16 years. Dr. Quintanilla will serve as Provost and V.P. for Academic Affairs for the period from August 2019 to May 2021.

Prior to becoming provost, Dr. Quintanilla served as Dean of the School of Business Administration and Professional Programs from 2006 to 2019. During his tenure, the School of Business developed an undergraduate forensic accounting program, a master's in management degree, launched an online MBA program with four concentrations including Supply Chain Management and Health Care Administration and recently created an online bachelor's of Business Administration pathway.

Dr. Quintanilla has experience with numerous accreditation agencies including the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and served on the Texas Wesleyan University SACSCOC reaffirmation team in preparation for the 2013 SACSCOC visit. He has experience as a member of on-site Reaffirmation Committees for SACSCOC, team member and chair of peer review teams for the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), as well as serving as a chair and member of External Review Teams for the Commission of Academic Accreditation (CAA), UAE.

As dean for the School of Business, he served as the project manager and liaison for the school and led the school through successful initial accreditation with AACSB in 2014. He also led the School of Business through its initial accreditation with ACBSP in 2007. Dr. Quintanilla currently serves on the board of the Southern Business Administration Association (SBAA) which serves colleges and universities in the southern United States.

Did you know?

Dr. Quintanilla was the only member of his family to pursue a college education after high school. “I understand the challenges and demands of going to college for a first-generation college student.”