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Texas A&M University-San Antonio has hired Linda Schott as interim president. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

Following the resignation of Texas A&M University-San Antonio President Cynthia Teniente-Matson announced Nov. 16, the Texas A&M University System Regents named an interim president Wednesday. 

Regents unanimously voted to select Linda Schott as interim president at TAMU-SA on Wednesday. The transition comes as Teniente-Matson prepares to begin her new role as president of San José State University in January. 

Schott most recently was the president of Southern Oregon University from 2016 to 2021. She retired from that role in 2022, and has been living in the San Antonio area with her husband, Tom Fuhrmark, before being tapped for the interim role.

According to Texas A&M, Schott grew up on her family’s ranch near Medina Lake and graduated from Bandera High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history and German from Baylor University and a master’s degree and also a doctorate in History and Humanities at Stanford University.

“Texas A&M San Antonio has a strong reputation for helping students transform their lives,” Schott said, “ I look forward to working with the faculty and staff there to continue that great work.” 

Linda Schott
Linda Schott

Schott specializes academically in intellectual history and the history of women in the United States. She began teaching in 1985 at Texas State University and later taught at Texas Lutheran University and the University of Texas at San Antonio, according to the news release. 

Schott started her career in administration at Eastern Michigan University, where she served as the director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program and later as the head of the Department of History and Philosophy, then becoming associate dean of the College of Arts and Science. She was also a dean at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.  

“Dr. Schott is an experienced and successful academic leader who will provide steady guidance at Texas A&M University-San Antonio during this transition,” said John Sharp, Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System. 

The university has embarked on a nationwide search for a permanent successor to Teniente-Matson. The interim president, Schott, will serve as the president until a replacement is chosen by the system’s board of regents, the university system said last month.

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Raquel Torres

Raquel Torres is the San Antonio Report's breaking news reporter. She previously worked at the Tyler Morning Telegraph and is a 2020 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University.