|Pictured from left to right are former UTPA President Dr. Blandina Cárdenas, Nevárez, and current UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen.|
Nevárez, who served as the University's president from 1981-2004, returned to teaching after stepping down as president nine years ago and is retiring from UTPA on Aug. 31. He is the first former president of UT Pan American to receive the emeritus title from UT System.
UT System officials praised Nevárez for his leadership at UT Pan American and his dedication to the Rio Grande Valley.
“Dr. Nevárez is one of the longest-serving presidents in UT history, but the length of his tenure is the least of his numerous accomplishments as president of UT Pan Am," said UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa. "It’s because of his contributions and his leadership that we are positioned to create a new university that will transform South Texas.”
UT System Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell said as a Valley native, he truly understands and appreciates the impact that Nevárez had at UT Pan American and throughout South Texas.
"Dr. Nevárez was an extraordinary leader who was completely focused on student welfare and student success," Powell said. "The UT System is blessed to have benefitted from the leadership of such a genuine individual for so many years, and on behalf of the Board of Regents, we are honored to bestow him with the much-deserved title of President Emeritus.”
Read more about Nevárez's impact on UT Pan American and the Rio Grande Valley here.