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OLAP Director goes to UNT as Associate Vice Provost

- Released on Dec 19, 2008

Dr. Gabriel Carranza, the founding director of the Office for Latin American Programs (OLAP), after serving for 20 years, has accepted a new position as the Assistant Vice Provost at the University of North Texas.

Dr. Carranza is the founding director of OLAP and has served as the director since 1990. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Mexico Center, the official representation of Texas A&M University in Mexico, which occurred in 1992. Since 1990 he has been extensively involved in establishing projects and programs throughout Latin America.

These programs have provided faculty, researchers, students, and administrators with the opportunity to enhance their education, research, and networks.

Such projects and programs include: the Faculty Abroad Seminar, a ten day trip throughout Mexico that includes cultural tours as well as faculty meetings with universities and institutions; the Texas A&M University-CONACYT (National Council of Science and Technology in Mexico) Collaborative Research Program, which resulted in over 70 funded research programs; Aggie Reunions throughout Mexico, Central America, and South America; the visits of presidents from various countries in Latin America; Texas A&M University Undergraduate and Graduate Information Trips throughout Central America; among many others.

As the Executive Director of the Mexico Center, Dr. Carranza was involved in the oversight, development, and implementation of projects and programs offered through the Mexico Center, such as the Digital Imaging Diabetes Research Laboratory, which includes equipment that performs a retinal scan in order to test for the predisposition of diabetes; the Digitalization of Historical Materials Program, that scans, digitally restores, and disseminates information from artifacts of high historical and cultural value; and the Food Safety and Quality Program, which was initiated in 1997. Since then, the Food Safety and Quality Program has expanded beyond Mexico into Central and South America. Additionally, Dr. Carranza served on the Civil Association for the Texas A&M University Center in Mexico, which is a four person association of A&M administrators that oversee the operation, administration, and direction of the Mexico Center in coordination with the laws and principles of Mexico.

The staff wants to congratulate him and thank him for all of his contributions to Texas A&M. We appreciate his commitment and loyalty to Texas A&M and his passion for building a better relationship between Mexico and the U.S.. We are confident that he will take the same passion and commitment to his new position at the University of North Texas. We wish Dr. Carranza the best in his new endeavor.