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Nevárez takes a final bow Former UTPA presidents Dr. Blandina Cárdenas and Dr. Miguel Nevárez (center) join current President Robert S. Nelsen in showing off their Bronc Pride during a reception Nelsen threw in Nevárez's honor June 19. Nevárez, who returned to teaching in 2004, officially retired from the University Aug. 31 with the title "President Emeritus."
For 23 years, Dr. Miguel Nevárez led the Rio Grande Valley's largest higher education institution and guided it through its merger with The University of Texas System in 1989. Under his watch, 30,000 students earned college degrees. Nevárez served as president from 1981 to 2004. Soon after, he began teaching in the College of Education's Educational Leadership Program and heading the Coastal Studies Lab at
South Padre Island. On Aug. 21, The University of Texas System Board of Regents officially approved the honorary title of President Emeritus for Nevárez. He is the first former president of UT Pan American to receive the emeritus title. UT System officials praised Nevárez for his leadership at UT Pan American and his dedication to the Rio Grande Valley.
Overheard at UTPA
I began life as an immigrant and eventually became secretary of state. There is a lesson in this. Madeleine Albright, the nation's first female Secretary of State, inspired a crowd of students and community members with her personal story of growing up as an immigrant. Albright was the final speaker of the 2012-2013 Distinguished Speakers Series. Noted for her "message" brooches, Albright wore a large pin of a "Bronc" on her shoulder during her visit to Bronc Country.
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"It’s because of his contributions and his leadership that we are positioned to create a new university that will transform South Texas," said UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa. Nevárez officially retired on Aug. 31, 2013. To honor Nevarez, current president Dr. Robert S. Nelsen hosted a reception on June 19 celebrating Nevárez's contributions to the university.
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