Diana S. Natalicio is the president of The University of Texas at El Paso.
During 2014, the El Paso community joined UTEP in a year-long celebration of our 100th anniversary, underscoring the central role that the university has played in bringing educational, economic, cultural enrichment, and improved quality-of-life opportunities to the residents of this region.
For 100 years UTEP has enjoyed a productive partnership with the surrounding community, working together to advance human and economic development in the region.
In 1862, Congress passed and President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act. This bold and pioneering legislation launched a process of democratizing higher education across the United States. It established a network of public land grant universities that would offer