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The University of North Texas at Dallas (UNT Dallas) has selected Dr. Jose da Silva as the next Assistant Vice President for Student Access and Success/Dean of Student Affairs. Most recently, Dr. da Silva served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Kankakee Community College, where he oversaw all areas related to student affairs and enrollment management. He assumes his new role at UNT Dallas on August 1.

“Dr. da Silva brings an enormous number of strengths to UNT Dallas and its expanding student body. His warm and informed leadership will advance our commitment to the relentless pursuit of student success,” said Bob Mong, UNT Dallas President.

Dr. da Silva earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology and master’s degree in higher education administration from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of North Texas. Driven by the belief that higher education is one of the most important elements of any community, he has championed efforts to increase access to college and worked to build community support.

Prior to Kankakee Community College, Dr. da Silva served as Interim Dean/Chief Student Services Officer at Big Bend Community College. He also provided leadership at Walla Walla Community College as Vice President for Student Affairs and as the Director of the Bowie Campus for North Central Texas College.

“I am incredibly excited about joining the UNT Dallas family, said Dr. da Silva.  “I look forward to the opportunity to contribute to the great work that is already taking place there.” 

Dr. da Silva replaces Dr. Jamaica Chapple who stepped down in April to assume a position with UNT System as its first Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Success Initiatives.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. da Silva to his new role, particularly at a time when the university is beginning to return to normal operations post-pandemic,” said Stephanie Holley, UNT Dallas Vice President for Student Access and Success. “He brings the experience and leadership qualities that guarantee student success and engagement.”