Meet Victor Arias

BBA, Management, 1978
2009 College of Business Distinguished Alumni
Executive VP of DHR International

Victor Arias

  I grew up knowing I had to give back.

For many people, résumés are no more substantial than the paper on which they are printed—documents that we file and ignore until it is time to hunt for a job.

Not so for Victor Arias Jr., whose résumé is a testament to his character and diligence.

If you look at his record, it looks like 10 résumés compressed into one.

A senior client partner for Korn/Ferry International, the largest executive search and recruitment firm in the world, Arias has served on enough boards, panels and commissions to qualify him as a time management expert.

Arias received his bachelor’s in business administration in management from UTEP in 1978.

After earning his master’s in business administration degree in finance and accounting from Stanford University in 1982, he went on to become the first Hispanic graduate of the Stanford Graduate Business School to sit on the Stanford University Board of Trustees.

He also was appointed by then- President George W. Bush to the White House Commission on Fellows, designed to provide gifted and motivated Americans with first-hand experience in the governing process.

“I credit my upbringing,” Arias said. “I grew up from very humble beginnings. My father held three jobs. And my mother was a very bright woman. She had several college scholarship offers, but that wasn’t done in those days. You had to help the family.”

Arias is married to Sandra E. “Sandy” Arias (B.S.N. ’81), who received last year’s Gold Nugget Award from the School of Nursing. They have three children: Crista, Jacob and Victor.

He has supported various University scholarships as well as the College of Business Administration.

“I grew up knowing I had to give back,” said Arias, a Lifetime Member of the UTEP Alumni Association and a member of the UTEP Development Board and the Centennial Campaign Leadership Council.

Arias also credits his work as an equipment manager with the football team for teaching him the value of persistence.

“I think we won six games in four years,” he said. “But I saw how hard the football players worked on the field and in the classrooms. There didn’t seem to be too much pride in the school, and that’s why I appreciate so much the sense of pride on the campus today, and for that I credit (UTEP President) Diana Natalicio.”

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