UTEP Assistant Vice President Honored by TAMACC at Annual Women of Distinction Awards
Last Updated on April 03, 2019 at 12:00 AM
Originally published April 03, 2019
By UC Staff
The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) honored Diane De Hoyos, Ph.D., assistant vice president for purchasing and general services at The University of Texas at El Paso, at its annual Women of Distinction Awards luncheon.
De Hoyos was among 12 women who received a Women of Distinction Award March 29 at the Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark in Austin, Texas. The event recognizes outstanding Hispanic women in Texas who impact the country’s economic, political, leadership and social landscape.
“I was very pleased to hear that I had been selected by TAMACC for this award; I am also honored to be recognized with so many accomplished women this year,” De Hoyos said. “Being a representative of purchasing and general services, I am in the position to advocate for supplier diversity, which is something that I feel TAMACC represents and values.”
Before becoming an assistant vice president at UTEP, De Hoyos earned a master’s degree in manufacturing engineering from the University in 1994. She went on to work for General Motors, was named GM Chairman’s Honoree in 2003 and later managed the GM North American Car Group’s Supplier Diversity Program in addition to leading several global procurement teams around the world.
“During my time there (at General Motors), thinking outside the box was a skill that was valued and expected to meet the ever-changing needs of consumers,” De Hoyos said. “This skill has an important place in higher education as well. Higher education strives for growth, innovation, and broadened horizons, which is something that the private sector also values.”
De Hoyos began her leadership position at UTEP’s purchasing and general services department in 2010 and earned her doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from UTEP in 2016. Throughout her career, De Hoyos has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being named one of the 50 most influential Hispanics by Engineering and Technology Magazine. She was also a UTEP Gold Nugget recipient in 2003, the first female recipient from the college in 20 years.
TAMACC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1975 to promote leadership, create economic opportunities and provide legislative advocacy for the Hispanic business community in Texas.