Vice Chancellor of Economic & Workforce Development (VCEWD)

Robert McKinley


Robert McKinley has guided economic development at UTSA since 1990, achieving constant growth and tangible results. He began his career at UTSA as the regional director of the Southwest Texas Border Small Business Development Center (SBDC). He then moved up to the position of assistant vice president for economic development, where he leads the Institute for Economic Development (IED) umbrella organization for all UTSA economic development programs. Since 1979, the institute has been dedicated to creating jobs, growing businesses and fostering economic and community development. Working in collaboration with federal, state and local government agencies, business sector partners and clients, the IED is a principal driver of UTSA’s community engagement. Subsequently, McKinley became the associate vice president for economic development and then the senior associate vice president for economic development.

His wealth of experience includes serving as the past chairman of the board of America’s Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC), director of the Control Data Business & Technology Center in San Antonio, executive director of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Fort Worth and community organizer for Misión de Amistad to develop Mayan Ejidos in Municipio de Tizmín, Yucatán.

McKinley earned a degree in community development from Pennsylvania State University and is a graduate of UTSA’s master’s program in public administration. He received the Distinguished Service award of the UTSA Alumni Association in 2007. Among his many civic roles, he was named by the U.S. Department of State to the bi-national Mexico-U.S. Entrepreneurship Council established in 2013 by Presidents Obama and Peña-Nieto. He currently serves as an executive board member and chair of economic development for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the International Advisory Committee of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation.