UTPA president named to list of 100 Most Influential Hispanics
Posted: 11/10/2004
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President of The University of Texas-Pan American Dr. Blandina Cárdenas was recently named to the 2004 Hispanic Business magazine list of "100 Most Influential Hispanics."

Dr. Blandina Cárdenas
Cárdenas joins an elite group of leaders in the fields of financial industry, education, politics, technology, athletics, entertainment and nonprofit organizations on the list. The list compiled by the magazine recognizes Hispanics that have had recent national impact.

For Cárdenas this is the fourth time she has been recognized by the magazine as one of "100 Most Influential Hispanics."

"I was first named to that list when I was 34-years-old and so it is good to know that in this stage of my life somebody still thinks I am influential," she said.

With this honor under her belt, Cárdenas hopes it will increase interest in the University and the Rio Grande Valley.

"Influence is responsibility and for me that means I have an opportunity to use that influence to the benefit of the Rio Grande Valley, and to use it to the benefit of this University," she said. "It will also call attention to the thousands of people in corporate America and in the civic community that this place is special, it exists and it has a great contribution to make."

Cárdenas became the seventh president and first Hispanic female leader of UT Pan American July 2004. Prior to that, she served as the dean of the College of Education and Human Development at The University of Texas at San Antonio.

Also making the list of 100 Most Influential Hispanics were Raul Yzaguirre, CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR); Janet Murguia, COO of NCLR; Ann Marie Tallman, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund; Sandra Benitez, author; George Reyes, CFO of Google; Hilda Solis, Congresswoman for the 32nd District of California; and many more.

Those named to the list were nominated by readers, Web visitors to the magazine and Hispanic Business writers and editors.

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