Longtime National Higher Education Leader Diana Natalicio to Deliver Atwell Plenary Address at ACE2020
November 25, 2019

​​​​​Diana S. Natalicio, a leadin​g advocate for improving higher education equity and access who served for 31 years as president of the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), will deliver the Robert H. Atwell Plenary address at ACE2020 in San Diego.​


​The Atwell Plenary address, named by the ACE Board of Directors for the former ACE president who served from 1984 to 1996, will take place at 5 pm (PT) on Sunday, March 15. ACE2020, ACE’s 102nd Annual Meeting, runs March 14-16 at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. Fidelity Investments is providing generous support for the Atwell Plenary.

After Natalicio retired from her longtime post in August, the University of Texas System Board of Regents unanimously approved the recommendation by Chancellor James B. Milliken to appoint her president emerita.

​Milliken noted that under Natalicio's leadership UTEP “has become known everywhere as a leading engine of social and economic mobility, changing the lives of graduates and positively impacting families, communities and Texas."

Natalicio's many honors include being named one of Fortune magazine's Top 50 World Leaders in 2017 and one of TIME's 100 most influential people in the world in 2016. She is a past chair of the ACE Board of Directors, and during her tenure as president of UTEP, enrollment increased by more than two-thirds, with most students reflecting the demographics of the surrounding Paso del Norte region.

ACE2020 is the country's most distinguished higher education event, attracting more than 1,500 leaders from presidents to deans. Attendees will gain knowledge about practical solutions for many of the challenges higher education faces today, network with leaders from across all institutional types, and be inspired by the achievements of colleagues and the insights of a diverse slate of speakers.

Click here to visit the ACE2020 website for more information and to register. Join the conversation on Twitter at #ACE2020SD.