President Emerita, The University of Texas at El Paso
Diana Natalicio was named president emerita of The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in August 2019 and continues as a professor of language and linguistics. During her long and distinguished career with the university, she has served as vice president for academic affairs, dean of liberal arts, and chair of the Modern Languages Department. Natalicio is the recipient of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education, was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame, and was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award at The University of Texas at Austin. She is the recipient of honorary doctoral degrees from Georgetown University, Smith College, and the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (Mexico). A graduate of St. Louis University, Natalicio earned a master’s degree in Portuguese and a doctorate in linguistics from The University of Texas at Austin.