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Dr. Diana Natalicio
2019 Inductee
HACU Hall of Champions


The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) established the HACU Hall of Champions to honor those who embody the mission of the Association through exemplary efforts “To Champion Hispanic Success in Higher Education.” The fourteenth inductee into the HACU Hall of Champions is Dr. Diana Natalicio, who was honored on October 5, 2019 during HACU's 33rd Annual Conference.

Diana Natalicio has since 1988 been president of UT El Paso, where enrollment has grown from 15,000 to over 25,000, the budget from $65 to more than $500 million.  UTEP is designated as a Carnegie R1 university, recognized nationally for both the excellence and breadth of its academic and research programs.  UTEP’s annual research expenditures have grown from $6 to nearly $95 million, and doctoral programs from one to twenty-two. She has served on numerous boards, including the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Science Board, and has been honored with the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award, the TIME 100 list, Fortune Magazine’s Top 50 World Leaders and the Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca from the President of Mexico.

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