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A Conversation with Dr. Natalicio


Dr. Diana Natalicio passed away on September 24th at the age of 82.


She served as UTEP’s President from 1988-2019. Shortly before stepping down from her post she sat down in our studios to have a conversation with Louie Saenz. She talked about growing up in St. Louis, her love of baseball, and UTEP’s achievements during her Academic tenure.


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Legendary University of Texas at El Paso president Diana Natalicio led UTEP for 31 years from 1988 until her retirement in 2019. While she was president, UTEP’s enrollment grew from 15,000 to more than 25,000 students reflecting the Paso del Norte border region. Students on both sides of the border earned degrees and many were the first in their families to graduate from a Univeristy. Under her leadership, UTEP was designated as a Carnegie R1 university, recognized nationally for both the excellence of its academic and research programs. The University of Texas System Board of Regents named her President Emerita in 2019.
You can read the complete statement, UTEP President Heather Wilson's statement and link to the Dr. Natalicio Legacy Fund, here.