After 25 Years, UT-El Paso President Still Making Waves

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EL PASO — Days after Diana Natalicio was named the first female president of the University of Texas at El Paso in 1988, a local newspaper ran an illustration of the 48-year-old as Wonder Woman. In many respects, as she begins her 26th year at the helm — the longest tenure at the head of a Texas public university among current presidents — that depiction remains apt.

Under Natalicio’s leadership, UTEP’s budget has grown from about $65 million to roughly $400 million, and research expenditures are up from $6 million to about $76 million. Graduate program offerings have ...

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