UT-Arlington president retiring after 8-plus years

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Associated Press

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 9:01 AM

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — University of Texas at Arlington President James D. Spaniolo says he is retiring after eight-plus years at the helm of the second-largest university in the UT system.

The 66-year-old Spaniolo made the announcement Monday, saying he would stay on until a replacement is found.

Spaniolo's decision was announced just a few months after the opening of the College Park Center, an athletics and special events arena that he labeled a priority early in his tenure. It's part of a tract designed to make UT-Arlington a more residential campus.

Spaniolo previously was dean of Michigan State University's College of Communication Arts and Sciences. He also was an executive for The Miami Herald and Detroit Free Press.

UT-Arlington has an enrollment of 33,500, second to the flagship University of Texas at Austin.

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