In memoriam: professor emeritus and founding dean of COEHD passes away

As the College of Education and Human Development welcomes in a new class and the future of the college, we also take pause to remember an individual from the past, who’s contributions in the early years of the college laid the framework and provided leadership that created the COEHD.

Dr. Christopher Alfred Borman, III, educator, professor emeritus, and founding dean of the College of Education and Human Development, passed away June 8, 2019, in Houston, Texas.

An advocate for education throughout his life, Dr. Borman exemplified the importance of being both a student, from his early years as Salutatorian of his high school to the awarding of doctoral honors, and a teacher, from teaching high school math to being the Founding Dean of COEHD, and at many times both, by completing his master's while teaching high school.

Chris joined the faculty at Texas A&M University's College of Education in 1970, in the Department of Educational Psychology. During his twenty-one years at A&M, he served as the head of the department for Educational Psychology, associate dean for research, and interim dean.

In 1991, Borman was asked to join the faculty at UTSA as a professor in the Department of Counseling, and as the director of the Division of Education.

“It was under Dr. Borman's leadership that the Division of Education became the COEHD,” commented Dr. Miriam Martinez, professor of literacy education, in remembering her colleague. “He provided leadership in forging connections with school districts serving diverse populations, and he was instrumental in establishing the Model Schools Project, a project that established school and university partnerships in various districts in San Antonio.”

The partnerships and projects gave direction and purpose to the unit, the division transformed, and in 2000, Dr. Christopher Borman was named Founding Dean of the College of Education and Human Development.

“Chris was exactly the type leader we needed, at a time when we needed him the most,” said Dr. Nancy Martin, professor emerita and colleague of Borman, “All who knew him will remember him as a kind and gentle leader.”

Borman is survived by his wife, Ruth, and two daughters.

Editor’s Note: At the request of the Borman family, this obituary was delayed in publication.