UTPA president among 50 Most Important Hispanics
Contact: Julia Benitez Sullivan 381-2741
Posted: 05/02/2003
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The University of Texas-Pan American President Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez was named among the 50 Most Important Hispanics in Business and Technology recently by the editors of Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology magazine. The magazine editors also selected four other University officials as "power hitters."

UTPA President Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez
The magazine's Editor in Chief Tyrone D. Taborn said Nevárez was selected from hundreds of candidates in government, academia and corporate America.

The magazine cited Nevárez' progressive leadership responsibilities, achievements in helping to advance access to technology, demonstrating effectiveness in engaging technology within the global market economy, and his contributions to furthering technical literacy within the Hispanic community as reasons for his selection.

Selected as "power hitters" were Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo, provost/ vice president for Academic Affairs; Roland S. Arriola, vice president for External Affairs; Esequiel Granado Jr., comptroller and associate vice president for Business Affairs; and Dr. Karen Lozano, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, all will be featured along with Nevárez in the June issue of the magazine - available May 21.

"Thousands of candidates are reviewed and those that are selected (as power hitters) stand out in areas such as professional achievement, technological innovation and community leadership," Tabhorn said.

Being selected one of the 50 Most Influential Hispanics is even more rigorous. Nevarez was one of only three Hispanics in academia who made the list.

"I'm sure this honor simply confirms what you already know, that (his) years of achievement and hard work have made a positive change in the profession and community," Tabhorn said.

Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology - which reaches about 50,000 readers - is considered to be the nation's premiere Hispanic technology magazine. According to the magazine, Hispanics and other minorities combined make up only seven percent of the science and engineering work force.

For minorities to close this gap and have representation that more closely reflects their numbers in society, more than 250,000 minority engineers and scientists will have to be produced over the next 10 years.