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Silva Joins TSTC as New VP for Student Learning

Thursday, March 20, 2014
By Eladio Jaimez

SilvaAdjusting to a new environment is nothing new for Rebecca Silva.

When she first moved to the Valley from Pittsburgh in 1995, Silva encountered several challenges before acclimating to her new home.

"I used to stop by the same coffee shop every morning and I got to know the people working there," Silva said. "One of the ladies there insisted talking only Spanish to me so that I could learn it. I don't speak it too well but I do understand and comprehend it well. The Valley was very welcoming and this is now home to me."

And after nearly 20 years of working as the Radiology Department Chair at South Texas College and a short stint as Dean of Health Sciences at Mott Community College in Michigan last year, Silva is making a move once again.

This time closer to home.

Silva was recently hired as the Vice President for Student Learning at Texas State Technical College and was excited to dive into her new role at the Harlingen college.

Silva brings over 30 years of teaching experience and looks forward to working with the faculty at TSTC.

"I want them to know that I've been there in the classroom with them," Silva said. "We're all in it together and it's going to be a collaborative effort to ensure the success of our students."

Silva expressed a fondness for helping students find success in the classroom and in the workforce when their time at TSTC is done.

"I feel compelled to help every student in the Valley," Silva said. "There's no better feeling than to see students come in and work their way through graduation and get hired at a good job. In a way, that's how I serve my community."

Silva earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from La Roche College in Pittsburgh. She earned her Master's in Adult Education from Penn State and a Master's in Public Health from Texas A&M University. She is currently in the dissertation phase of her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Our Lady of the Lake University.

Prior to her time in higher education, Silva worked as a radiologist for 10 years followed by a stint at Penn State University as chair of the radiology department.

"I love seeing our students come in and be successful," Silva said. "And I look forward to working closely with everyone to help promote that student success."











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