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Give your input on future UTEP president at town hall Tuesday

Community members are invited to contribute their ideas of which qualities the new president of the University of Texas at El Paso should possess.

A town hall meeting is scheduled for Tuesday. It is being held by the committee appointed by the University of Texas System Board of Regents to undertake the task of finding a new president to replace Dr. Diana Natalicio.

Natalicio announced in May that she would be retiring after 30 years leading the university. She has been recognized locally and nationally for her work to transform education in the Borderland, and she has been described as an inspiration to community leaders, colleagues, and students throughout the country.

Many credit Natalicio for helping to make a college education a reality for many low-income and first-generation college students by creating greater access to UTEP. She has also helped mold UTEP into a major research institution, increasing research dollars from $6 million to more than $90 million annually.

The town hall is set to begin at 12:15 p.m. in the Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The Search Advisory Committee will provide recommendations to the UT Board of Regents, and the board will make the ultimate decision on who will be the next president of UTEP.

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