UTEP President to be Appointed to National Science Board
Last Updated on March 03, 2020 at 12:00 AM
Originally published March 03, 2020
By UC Staff
Heather Wilson, President of The University of Texas at El Paso, will be appointed to serve a six-year term on the National Science Board, which provides advice and oversight for the National Science Foundation (NSF).
President Donald Trump announced his intent to appoint President Wilson on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, for a six-year term.
The National Science Board, comprised of 25 members, works with the NSF to recommend and encourage research, education and budget priorities; and serves as an independent advisory body to the president and Congress on policy matters related to science and engineering. It also publishes policy papers and statements on issues of national importance to science and engineering.
“I look forward to advancing science and engineering and helping to guide the National Science Foundation,” Wilson said. “This is a great honor for me and for the State of Texas.”
President Wilson arrived at UTEP the start of the 2019-20 academic year after serving as Secretary of the United States Air Force. She is the former president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, an engineering and science research university in Rapid City, South Dakota, and represented New Mexico in the United States Congress for 10 years.
Founded in 1914, The University of Texas at El Paso is a comprehensive research university of 25,000 students that has been recognized both as a community engaged institution and as a top tier research university by the Carnegie Foundation. Located in one of the largest binational communities in the world, the University offers 166 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs and maintains one of the lowest out-of-pocket costs of any research university in the U.S. Eighty percent of UTEP students are Hispanic and more than 50% are first in their families to attend college.