UTPA President named to list of distinguished Hispanics in U.S.
Posted: 08/13/2003
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As part of the 2003 Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, the U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Programs named Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, one of 47 Hispanic Americans who have made significant accomplishments in their professions.

UTPA President Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez
Designed to support this year's national observance of Hispanic Heritage Month - which has a theme of "Hispanic Americans: Honoring Our Past, Surpassing Our Present and Leading Our Future" - the MEDCOM project compiled biographic data on Hispanics with significant accomplishments in their field. This information will be shared with all Hispanic Employment Program Managers (HEPMs) in the Department of the Army and other groups including organizations, schools and the general public to help educate citizens and promote these Americans during Hispanic Heritage Month.

"I am extremely honored to be included in a group of such accomplished persons. I want to thank the U.S. Army MEDCOM staff for all the thought and hard work put into this project in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. Hopefully, these biographies will be appreciated by all Americans in honoring the contributions Hispanics have made and continue to make to our country," Nevárez said.

According to Carmen L. Lopez, EEO specialist in the Office of EEO Programs of the U.S. Army Command, the decision on who to include in the project was a difficult one to make.

"We decided, however, that we would focus primarily on individuals in the field of education, government and community service. After reading the biography on Dr. Nevárez, we knew that our project would not have been complete without including him on our list," Lopez said.

In their recognition, MEDCOM identified Nevárez as one of the longest tenured Hispanic college or university presidents in the United States. During his more than two decades of service, Nevárez guided the institution through a merger into The University of Texas System and its evolution to a doctoral research university. Adding 18 new bachelor's, 24 master's and two doctoral and one cooperative doctoral degrees under his leadership, Nevárez has also served on numerous national committees and councils including the American Council on Education, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and the Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors, which he currently vice-chairs.

Nevárez, who holds a doctorate in science education from New York University, was named Outstanding Educator in 1985 by President Ronald Reagan; named to a list of the "100 Most Influential U.S. Hispanics" by Hispanic Business Magazine in 1986 and 1987; and featured in the December 2000 issue of The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education.

Also making the list were a number of other presidents of Hispanic Serving Institutions from across the country as well as many other distinguished Hispanics including: Dr. Richard H. Carmona, U.S. surgeon general; Mel Martinez, U.S. secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Bob Menendez, U.S. congressman and chairman of the Democratic Caucus; Dr. Diana Ballesteros, president of the Mexican-American Physicians Association; Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz, NASA astronaut; Delores Huerta, co-founder and first vice president of the United Farm Workers: and Jose Luis Betancourt, Jr., rear admiral, U.S. Navy Mine Warfare Command.

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