Biography

Dr. Riter

Stephen Riter, Ph.D., P.E.

Vice President for Information Resources and Planning

Stephen Riter was educated at Rice University (B.A., 1961; B.S.E.E., 1962) and the University of Houston (M.S.E.E., 1967; Ph.D. 1968).

In 1968 Dr. Riter joined the faculty of Texas A&M University as Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. He was appointed Associate Professor in 1972, Professor in 1976 and Halliburton Professor of Engineering in 1979. At Texas A&M, he conducted research in communications, geoscience electronics and energy systems and held a variety of administrative positions including serving as the first Director of the Texas Energy Extension Service (1977-1979), a statewide program to provide energy assistance to consumers, industry and government across Texas.

In 1980 Dr. Riter joined the faculty of the University of Texas at El Paso as Chairman and Professor of Electrical Engineering. In 1985 he was also appointed Chairman of Computer Science. At UTEP he conducted his own research in electronic security systems and signal processing; significantly increased extramural research support for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; and obtained approval to offer a Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering.

Dr. Riter became UTEP’s Dean of Engineering in 1989. During his tenure as Dean, the College of Engineering initiated a series of programs designed to enrich the quality of undergraduate education and increase the retention of it’s largely minority student population. He also directed the El Paso Comprehensive Regional Center for Minorities which worked with regional secondary schools to improve their capability to provide quality mathematics and science education.

In 1989, Dr. Riter helped establish and was named the first Director of UTEP’s Center for Environmental Resource Management (CERM). With external support of over $20 M per year, CERM is actively involved in environmental research, service and educational activities directed at both the southwest border region and the nation as a whole. As CERM Director he led the effort to develop and obtain approval for CERM to offer a Ph.D. program in Environmental Science and Engineering.

Dr. Riter served as UTEP’s first Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs from 1996 until 2004. In this position he was responsible for UTEP’s academic programs. Since then UTEP has initiated seven new doctoral degree programs, six interdisciplinary research centers and a major university wide initiative to increase the success of entering students.

In 2004 Dr. Riter became UTEP’s first Vice President for Information Resources and Planning. In this role he is responsible for all information related activities of the University including Information Technology, The Library, Instructional Support Services and The Center for Institutional Evaluation, Research and Planning.

Active in a variety of public service activities, Dr. Riter was honored by the City of El Paso in 1992 with its annual award for public service, The Conquistador Award. He was appointed to the El Paso Public Service Board in February, 1996 where he spearheaded efforts to develop long-term binational water utilization policies. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.