Speaker Profile: Kimberly Andrews Espy, PhD

Kimberly Andrews Espy, PhD
Provost and Senior VP for Academic Affairs

Dr. Kimberly Andrews Espy has earned a national reputation for advancing institutional, academic and student success, promoting faculty and staff development, and deepening university-community engagement during more than two decades in the higher education sector. As UTSA’s chief academic officer, she oversees eight academic colleges and the new School of Data Sciences, as well as the academic support divisions and other offices that advance institutional success. Since Espy joined UTSA in June 2018, the university has seen notable advancement in academic excellence, student success and institutional visibility. UTSA has increased access for students from low and middle-income families through the Bold Promise program and has achieved record overall enrollment, with two of every three students representing a group historically underserved by higher education. UTSA earned the Seal of Excelencia from Excelencia in Education in 2020, certifying the university’s intentionality in serving Latino students and achieving positive student outcomes. In 2022, UTSA was classified as a Carnegie R1 institution, a significant milestone in UTSA’s strategic vision to become a model for student success and a great public research university.

Prior to joining UTSA, Espy served as senior vice president for research at the University of Arizona, Graduate Dean & Vice President for Research & Innovation at the University of Oregon, and Associate Vice President for Research & Acting Graduate Dean at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Espy earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Rice University and her master's and doctoral degrees in psychology and clinical neuropsychology, respectively, from the University of Houston. Additionally, she completed a clinical/pediatric psychology internship at the University of Louisville School of Medicine/Bingham Child Guidance Center and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and is a licensed clinical psychologist. A translational clinical neuroscientist and investigator, Espy is also an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Psychological Association. She holds the Peter T Flawn Chair at UTSA.

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