Mario Vela

Assistant Vice-Provost and Executive Director

Mario Vela serves as the Assistant Vice-Provost for Career-Engaged Learning and Executive Director of the University Career Center (UCC). As Executive Director, Mario is responsible for providing vision and leadership for the UCC. He builds and maintains relationships with established employers and implements outreach efforts to new employers to assist in the creation of internship and employment opportunities. Mario is also responsible for the development of short term and long term operating plans and policies for the UCC. He develops professional relationships with peers and colleagues at UTSA to enhance operational performance, provide information about changing needs and builds teamwork opportunities for the UCC with different divisions at UTSA. Mario participates in professional development activities to ensure professional growth and knowledge for the UCC and it’s staff members.

Mario is a double alumnus of UTSA. During his time at UTSA, Mario earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Philosophy and his Master of Science in Sociology.

Mario comes to the UCC with 7 years of higher education experience. Prior to joining the UCC, Mario held the position of Director of Employer Relations at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. In this role, Mario oversaw the employer relations efforts of the school for over 1,500 full-time MBA students, 1,100 part-time students, 500 Executive MBA (EMBA) students, and an alumni base of 60,000. Through those efforts, Mario created, monitored, and evaluated the sustainable development and maintenance of over 300 recruiting relationships. He developed recruiting strategies in partnership with employers and maintained Kellogg’s competitive advantage among a wide array of employment partners through high-touch relationship management.


Phone Number
University Career Center (SU 2.05.02)