After four and a half wonderful years as President of The University of Texas-Pan American, I have informed Interim Chancellor Kenneth Shine of my desire to retire, effective January 30. The pressures of the last several months have seriously taxed my health and well-being and impaired my ability to lead the University with the intensity and focus I believe necessary. It is time for me to move on. I look forward to writing a bright new chapter in my life and to finding new ways to contribute to the development of our beloved Rio Grande Valley.
When I came to the Rio Grande Valley, I fell in love - with the University, the sincerity and sweetness of our very smart students, the gentle beauty of our landscape, the sense of community, the spirituality and kindness of the people, their intelligence and dedication. There is so much good here. Thank you for your welcome, your support and for all your help in our efforts to make The University of Texas-Pan American a place of pride and progress. I leave it in your hands.
- Blandina Cárdenas
To read Dr. Cárdenas' complete message to the UTPA community, visit http://www.utpa.edu/documents/letter.htm.
To view The University of Texas System statement regarding Dr. Cárdenas' retirement, log on to http://www.utsystem.edu/news/2009/UTS-Statement-Cardenas-01-20-09.html.