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UTEP president Diana Natalicio announces retirement

Dr. Diana Natalicio thanks UTEP campus officer and first responders who saved her life.

Longtime UTEP President Dr. Diana Natalicio made the announcement Tuesday morning that she's retiring.

Natalicio recently celebrated her 30th anniversary as president in March.

In an interview with KFOX14 earlier this year, she said the past three decades have not been easy, but they have been very rewarding.

Natalicio said she plans to retire once a successor is appointed and assumes the office.

She told KFOX14 on Tuesday her career has been a marathon and it was time for the race to come to an end.

The next step will rely on the UT Board of Regents to review qualified candidates picked by alumni and a faculty based review board.

When a group of finalists is selected, the board will then choose UTEP's next president.

Natalicio is proud of how the university has grown in the time she has been there, she said during a news conference.

“I think the university is in very good condition. I wouldn’t be walking out the door if I didn’t think it was in good condition. So, I think the faculty are totally committed. We’re very careful about how we recruit faculty and I don’t see any, other than the concerns I have about state support, I don’t see any major issues,” said Natalicio

Letter from UTEP President Natalicio announcing her plans to retire


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