Vote to select new UTEP President postponed


Gaby Velasquez

Dr.Diana Natalicio closely watches the Women's basketball game.

Brianna Chavez, Copy Editor

The special meeting to vote to select a finalist for a new UTEP President has been postponed.

According to the UT System, the UT Board of Regents had to postponed their special meeting planned for Monday, March 4 due to a scheduling conflict.

The board had scheduled the specially meeting after conducting several interviews of potential candidates to become UTEP’s newest president and succeed current president Diana Natalicio.

The board announced after the interviews at their regular scheduled meeting that they would convene on Monday, March 4 and vote to select a finalist.  

The Board of Regents held a regular scheduled meeting Feb. 26 and 27 in Austin, Texas.

In executive session Feb. 27, the board discussed and appropriated “action regarding individual personnel matters related to the presidential search.”

No word on how many candidates were interviewed. Interviews also included an introduction of spouses to the Board of Regents.

The naming of a finalist was a possibility at the Feb. 27 meeting, according to the meeting agenda.

On Feb. 13, the Board moved to interview the candidates in a special meeting via telephone conference call.

The presidential search process began after Natalicio announced she would be retiring after 30 years as UTEP’s president back in May of 2018.

Natalicio told The Prospector during her retirement announcement, “I will be happy to serve as long as I need to in order to make a smooth transition.”

In August of that year, a presidential search advisory committee along was formed and worked to identify and recruit potential candidates alongside a global search firm, Russell Reynolds Associates.

The committee included Board of Regents Vice Chairman Paul Foster, SGA President Cristian Botello and President of the UTEP Alumni Association, Bonny Schulenburg.

A date to reschedule Monday’s postponed meeting has not been announced.  In a statement, the UT System said the meeting is expected to be rescheduled “soon.”

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