THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES DIANA S. NATALICIO TO THE PRESIDENT'S COMMITTEE ON THE ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES The President today announced his intent to appoint Diana S.
Natalicio as a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
Dr. Diana S. Natalicio, of El Paso, Texas, is President of the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), a position she has held since 1988. Prior to her appointment as UTEP's President, Dr. Natalicio served as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Liberal Arts and Chair of the Modern Languages Department. Dr. Natalicio has also served on numerous boards and commissions, including the National Science Board, NASA Advisory Council, U.S.-Mexico Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange, "America Reads Challenge" Steering Committee, Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Additionally, Dr. Natalicio serves on the boards of Sandia Corporation, Trinity Industries, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, the RAND Institute on Education and Training and the Nature Conservancy of Texas, and is a former chair of the board of the American Association for Higher Education. Among her numerous awards and honors, Dr. Natalicio is a 1997 recipient of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education, and in 1999 she was inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame.
Dr. Natalicio received her B.S. degree in Spanish, summa cum laude, from St. Louis University, and her master's degree in Portuguese and Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin. She was a Fulbright scholar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and held a Gulberkian fellowship in Lisbon, Portugal.
The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities was established in order to advise the President, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities concerning ways to promote private sector support for the arts and the humanities, especially at the state and local level.