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UTEP President Named One of Fortune Magazine’s Top 50 World Leaders

Fortune Magazine today published its 2017 list of the World’s Greatest Leaders and University of Texas at El Paso President Diana Natalicio is included on the list of 50.

The fourth annual global ranking features leaders the publication said excel at leading effectively in today’s environment and teach three lessons: acknowledge reality and offer hope, bring followers physically together, and build bridges.

President Natalicio is in the company of leaders such as Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs; Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church; Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada; and John Roberts, chief justice of the United States Supreme Court.

The magazine highlighted her priority to provide access and excellence in higher education for low-income students and a predominantly Hispanic student body. In addition, they noted UTEP’s steady climb in national college rankings, and soaring research funding during the President Natalicio’s tenure.

The article will appear in the April 1, 2017 issue of Fortune.

“I am extremely pleased by this recognition of the remarkable accomplishments of a talented and dedicated team of UTEP faculty and staff who have enabled us to achieve our dream of fostering the social mobility of talented and hard-working students whose modest financial means and complex life challenges  too often impede educational and career pathways,” President Natalicio said.

UTEP’s leader for 29 years, and the longest-serving president of a U.S. public research university, President Natalicio has guided UTEP’s transformation into a national model for educating a 21st century student population. Recognizing the critical importance of pre-college preparation to students’ enrollment and success at UTEP, she has been a driving force in creating community partnerships to raise the aspirations and educational attainment of all young people in the Paso del Norte region and, through a deep commitment to both access and excellence, to provide them authentic and stimulating educational opportunities. She is a leading voice in the national conversation on higher education, and an advocate for reaching past borders to develop robust international collaborations.

President Natalicio’s sustained commitment to provide all residents of the Paso del Norte region access to outstanding higher education opportunities has helped make UTEP a national success story.

In September 2016, The Hispanic Heritage Foundation awarded her the 2016 Hispanic Heritage Award in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  She joined an elite group of 2016 awardees, including Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (Leadership Award), Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz (Literature Award), actress/singer Angelica Maria (Legend Award), and Latin music’s breakout new superstar J Balvin (Vision Award).

In April 2016, President Natalicio was recognized in the TIME 100 “Leaders” category among 31 global icons including U.S. President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande.

In 2015, the Carnegie Corporation of New York honored President Natalicio with its prestigious Academic Leadership Award in recognition of her exceptional achievements.

A graduate of St. Louis University, President Natalicio earned a master’s degree in Portuguese and a doctorate in linguistics from The University of Texas at Austin.

UTEP President Natalicio Named to 2016 TIME 100 List of the Most Influential People in the World

TIME magazine has named President Diana Natalicio of The University of Texas at El Paso to the 2016 TIME 100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The full list and related tributes will appear in theMay 2 issue of TIME, available on newsstands on Friday, April 22, and now at time.com/time100

The list, now in its 13th year, recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.

President Natalicio is recognized in the TIME 100 “Leaders” category among 31 global icons including U.S. President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande.

As TIME Editor Nancy Gibbs has said of the list, “The TIME 100 is a list of the world’s most influential men and women, not its most powerful, though those are not mutually exclusive terms. While power is certain, influence is subtle. As much as this exercise chronicles the achievements of the past year, we also focus on figures whose influence is likely to grow, so we can look around the corner to see what is coming.”

UTEP’s leader for 28 years, and the longest-serving president of a U.S. public research university, President Natalicio has guided the transformation of The University of Texas at El Paso into a national model for educating a 21st century student population.

Recognizing the critical importance of pre-college preparation to students’ enrollment and success at UTEP, she has been a driving force in creating community partnerships to raise the aspirations and educational attainment of all young people in the Paso del Norte region and, through a deep commitment to both access and excellence, to provide them authentic and stimulating educational opportunities.

She is a leading voice in the national conversation on higher education, and an advocate for reaching past borders to develop robust international collaborations.

“I am both humbled and deeply honored to have been named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world,” President Natalicio said. “The work that I have done would not have been possible without the creativity and courage of UTEP faculty and staff, the high aspirations and hard work of our talented students, and the support of our many alumni and friends, all of whom have enabled UTEP to successfully combine academic and research excellence with genuine access and equity. The only doctoral/research university in the United States that serves a predominantly Mexican-American student population, UTEP is known for successfully developing innovative strategies that level the playing field for students from historically underrepresented cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. This 2016 TIME 100 recognition shines a spotlight on the capacity of urban and minority-serving universities to increase both undergraduate and graduate student success in U.S. higher education. I am grateful to TIME for amplifying UTEP’s story and our leadership role.”

University of Texas System Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster said, “President Natalicio’s impact on UT El Paso is immeasurable. She has spent more than four decades at this institution and has dedicated her life and her unparalleled talent and intellect toward its success. She has led some of the nation’s largest and most influential higher education organizations and committees and her opinion is sought after by policymakers, legislators and university leaders across the nation and beyond. That she is one of the world’s most influential people will come as no surprise to her peers around the nation, nor to her students and colleagues at UTEP and the UT System. We are thrilled that TIME is recognizing her for her extraordinary accomplishments.”

University of Texas System Chancellor William H. McRaven said, “I could not be more proud of President Natalicio for this much-deserved distinction. ‘Influential’ is the perfect word to describe a career educator and there is no doubt that President Natalicio’s life work has opened up a world of limitless possibilities for thousands upon thousands of students.

President Natalicio is a national leader in higher education, particularly for her work with first-generation college students, and her innovative approaches have been replicated with great success across the country. She models leadership and dedication, and I applaud TIME for recognizing her remarkable contributions.”

Dr. Natalicio became President of UTEP in 1988, and under her leadership UTEP has developed an innovative public research university model that fosters the educational success of historically underrepresented students, especially those from low-income backgrounds.

UTEP’s enrollment has grown from 14,971 to 23,500 students and now mirrors the demographics of the surrounding region, from which 90 percent of them come, and a majority of them are from low-income backgrounds and first in their families to attend college. UTEP’s annual research expenditures have grown from $6 million to more than $90 million per year, and doctoral programs increased from one to 20 during this same period.

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