UTEP President Diana Natalicio announces retirement after 30 years

After a storied 30-year tenure, UTEP President Diana Natalicio has revealed her retirement on Tuesday early morning, May 22, inning accordance with the university.She intends on retiring

as quickly as a successor is designated and assumes the office, according to a release sent by the university. Natalicio will address the media this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in the President's Conference Room, Administration Building, fifth floor.During her 45 years

at UTEP and prior to being called president of the university in 1988, she acted as vice president for scholastic affairs, dean of liberal arts, chair of the modern-day languages department and professor of linguistics. During her presidency, the school's registration has seen a considerable increase, from 15,000 to over 25,000 undergraduate and college students. Some of the budget plan increases can be traced back to her early pushes for more research, seeing a$65 million to nearly$450 million annual increase.In 2016, Natalicio was called among TIME 100 list of most prominent people in the

world and named in Fortune magazine's 2017 Top 50 World Leaders. She has been honored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York in 2015, recognized by the President of Mexico in 2011, inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame and awarded postgraduate degrees by St. Louis University, Northeastern University, Victoria University(Melbourne, Australia), Georgetown University, Smith College and the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon(Mexico). She served on nationwide boards, consisting of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF),

Rockefeller Foundation, Trinity Industries, Sandia Corporation, U.S.-Mexico Foundation for Science (FUMEC), American Council on Education, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering(NACME ), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)and Internet2. She was selected by then-President George H.W. Bush to subscription on the Advisory Commission on Educational Quality for Hispanic Americans and by President Costs Clinton to the National Science Board, where she served 2 six-year terms, including three two-year terms as NSB vice-chair. She informed The Prospector last month, "In a role like this, you can make things occur. I never thought it would be 45 years, they have actually zipped like that."She sent out an e-mail message concerning her retirement: With the recent commemoration of 2 significant turning points in my long and very happy relationship with The University of Texas at El Paso-- 45 years as a professors

member and 30 years as UTEP's president-- I have concluded that this may be an appropriate time to begin bringing to a close this chapter in my higher education story, nearly all which I have actually happily invested at UTEP. I am for that reason revealing today my strategies to retire as UTEP's president when a successor has been officially selected and presumed the position. To be absolutely clear, this is not a goodbye message to you, however rather an early alert about my plans.Although approaching retirement saddens me-- I am as energized today by UTEP's numerous possessions and future capacity as I was Thirty Years earlier!-- I have actually always understood that this day would undoubtedly come. Happily, it comes at a time when I have

confidence that we will stay true to our core values and continue without disruption the transformative work that has actually been underway on this campus for the past 30 years.To that end, we have actually been really actively engaged, and have actually already made substantial progress, in performing a tactical administrative succession strategy. We are tremendously happy with the quality of candidates for the administrative positions we have recently filled-- vice presidents

, deans and department chairs, athletic director and coaches. Their desire to sign up with the UTEP household strongly validates our improved nationwide stature as a public research university that is effectively attaining an extremely innovative access and quality mission.As we have navigated the difficult issues facing greater education in the 21st century, UTEP has prospered in satisfying a pledge that many other universities consider impossible: stabilizing equivalent and converging commitments to both access and excellence. UTEP has received national recognition as a public research study university that has actually been extraordinarily successful at promoting trainee social mobility, while all at once building a credibility for excellence through our externally funded research study competitiveness and the advancement of doctoral program quality across all colleges on the school. We are extremely happy with our success in rearranging UTEP on the nationwide college landscape, and especially happy to have successfully done so while never ever defaulting on our core dedication to make sure that all gifted youths who delegate us with their goals will have a genuine opportunity to accomplish them, no matter their backgrounds or monetary means.To make sure, our work is not done, and many future difficulties await UTEP and the trainees we serve, as the higher education community continues to alter. I will save my reflections on those difficulties for another time.Instead, most importantly, I wish to reveal gratitude to our UTEP trainees whose success-- on our campus and as alumni-- has strongly confirmed our sustained self-confidence and investment in them.

It has also been a benefit to deal with professors and team member across the school, whose know-how and creativity have guaranteed the rigor and competitiveness of UTEP's educational programs and served generations of UTEP trainees exceedingly well. I thank these renowned coworkers for their deep understanding, their courage, and their unwavering willpower to welcome totally, and work relentlessly, to achieve UTEP's ingenious greater education vision and our objective to deliver on our dedications to both gain access to and excellence for students in this area and beyond.Finally, I desire to assure everyone-- students, faculty and staff on the school, our happy UTEP alumni, and our pals and partners in the surrounding neighborhood-- that I will continue to support efforts to meet the extraordinarily deep commitment we have all made to be the best UTEP we can perhaps be. We do that by serving this U.S.-Mexico border region as an exemplary public research university: developing genuine and remarkable academic chances for the region's historically underserved population; carrying out ingenious research, scholarship and creative activity; and cultivating the surrounding region's prosperity and quality of life. Together, we have actually made well-deserved nationwide recognition for the success of the transformative work we have done over the past 30 years. I am confident that, throughout the forthcoming management transition and well beyond, we will continue to build on this strong structure, working together to guarantee UTEP's competitiveness as a model public research university, while continuing to honor our core objective to promote educational chances and social movement for all skilled and hard-working students, especially those in this U.S.-Mexico border region, for whose future life paths we have clear responsibility.Go Miners!