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Search for UTEP president moving forward

Progress is being made as search of a new president for the University of Texas at El Paso continues.

In a special meeting, the UT System Board of Regents discussed possible candidates for a new president. They also discussed the actions needed to be made “concerning individual personnel matters related to the search for a president,” during executive session.

In open session, El Pasoan and regent Paul Foster moved to have the regents authorize Chairman Kevin Eltife, Chancellor James Milliken and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Steven Leslie take action that was recommended to the board in executive session to invite the candidates to interview with the board at a future meeting.

No date for a future meeting was set. The number of possible candidates was also not mentioned.

The Board of Regents held the special meeting via telephone conference call Wednesday, Feb. 13.

By law, regents must make the names of the candidates available to the public 21 days before the board votes to name a president.

In May, President Dr. Diana Natalicio announced she would be retiring after 30 years as UTEP’s president.

She told ABC-7 when she made the announcement that she would remain president until her successor was named.

In August, a president search advisory committee was formed and worked to identify and recruit potential candidates alongside a global search firm, Russell Reynolds Associates.

The Board of Regents is scheduled to have regular meeting Feb. 26 and 27 in Austin, Texas.

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