Ofelia Blanca Mata

Mata, Ofelia Blanca
Department: Public Service

About Ofelia Blanca Mata

Where is your hometown? 
Born in Emporia, Kansas and raised in a military family

What is your educational background?
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas of San Antonio and started a Dual Master’s program for Educators from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and in Spanish from the Universidad de Salamanca en España.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in higher education?
I was a career changer and worked for Pre-Trial Services with Bexar County for 8 years prior to my career in higher education. My decision to pursue a career in higher education was to make a positive impact in the community and promote higher education, especially to first-generation students and to the underserved community.  I wanted to enlighten others on their potential and possibilities of pursuing and investing in their education to improve their quality of life.  

Tell us a random fact about yourself:.
I started grade school (1st-3rd) in Okinawa, Japan.