Javier Reyes currently serves as the Vice Provost for Distance Education at the University of Arkansas.
He was born in Mexico City. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Texas A&M University and a B.A. in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. He joined the College in 2003, as an Assistant Professor in Economics. His research interests include monetary theory, policy issues in emerging economies, and international economics. He has published his work in internationally recognized publications and in 2011 published a textbook that covers the history of the economic development of Latin America.
He has participated in multiple committees in the University and received the University’s Faculty Gold Medal Award in 2008. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure and named the Walton College All-Around Faculty Member in 2009. He was introduced into the Teaching Academy of the University of Arkansas in 2011and served as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and the Director for the Walton College Honors Program from August 2010 until June of 2012, when he transitioned into his current Vice Provost for Distance Education position.
He has worked as a consultant in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the International Monetary Fund.
Outside of the University, he served on the Executive Advisory Board for the NWA ALPFA Chapter for over three years and has been involved with numerous diversity initiatives in the Sam M. Walton College of Business, the University of Arkansas, and the Northwest Arkansas Region. One of such initiatives was the launching of the ALPFA Institute at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. In 2011, Dr. Reyes was selected as one of the “40 under 40” individuals by the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal.