AUSTIN — University of Texas System Board of Regents’ Chairman H. Scott Caven, Jr., issued the following statement today (Jan. 20) regarding Blandina “Bambi” Cardenas’ decision to step down as president of UT Pan American on January 30, 2009.
Paul Sale, the university's provost and vice president for academic affairs, will assume the duties of the presidency until such time as the UT System appoints an interim president.
Statement from Chairman Caven:
“On behalf of the UT System, I would like to express our appreciation to Dr. Cardenas for her service as president of UT Pan American,” Caven said. “She has been an inspirational leader throughout her career in education and public service, and her commitment to higher education has been a tremendous asset to the local community and region. The institution has seen remarkable growth and we are confident it will continue on that trajectory.
"The UT System will move quickly to appoint an interim president and I will announce the formation of a presidential search advisory committee as soon as possible to aid in the national search for her successor.”