It is so infrequent that El Paso is nationally recognized for a good thing. So, we thought we would also offer our congratulations to Diana Natalicio, current UTEP President, for being named one of Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People’. In an article written by U.S. Housing Secretary, Julian Castro, Natalicio is praise for “a masterful job of shaping her school to the surrounding community, not the other way around.” (You can read the article here).
Diana Natalicio became UTEP’s first woman president in 1988 and is today the longest-serving still sitting president of a major public research university in the United States. (You can read the El Paso Herald-Post story here). In February of this year, Natalicio had a health scare she collapsed on campus and was rushed to the hospital. Since then her recovery has been good and she has returned to work at UTEP. From her statement to UTEP faculty, staff and students in March: “Important work remains to be done to increase opportunities for our students and continue reinforcing UTEP’s national model of access and excellence. I am deeply gratified to be able to continue partnering with all of you to get this work done!”
You can read Natalicio’s full bio on the UTEP page here.
Photo courtesy the UTEP.edu website.