UTPA President


Dr. Havidan Rodriguez

Welcome to The University of Texas-Pan American

You are visiting the University at a most historic time – perhaps the most historic moment since UT Pan American’s founding in 1927 as Edinburg College, the first higher education institution to serve the culturally rich border region known as the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

This year – the 2014-2015 academic year – will be the final farewell for UT Pan American, which by Fall 2015 will become part of the foundation for the newly created The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), an institution that is being hailed as a “gateway to the Americas’ and as the first new major American university of the 21st century.

As you can imagine, this final year will be filled with many challenges and exciting opportunities. I am honored and privileged to have been selected by The University of Texas System to guide UT Pan American through this historic transformation.

Throughout the coming months, the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of this institution – in all of its iterations including Edinburg College, Edinburg Junior College, Pan American College, Pan American University, and, finally in 1989, The University of Texas-Pan American – will be celebrating the past while also anticipating a future filled with tremendous new opportunities. Changes are coming, but we are entering the most critical and important year for UT Pan American, which will leave an indelible mark in the history of our beloved institution.

UT Pan American has outstanding faculty, staff, and students who make important contributions to UTPA, our community, the state, the country, and the world. Our academic and research programs are designed to provide our students with the very best education possible. We are committed to promoting and achieving excellence in everything that we do.

Throughout this academic year, we will ensure that we have a very successful year at UTPA; this is our last year, but it should also be a year of progress, excellence, commitment, and hard work.

Thank you for your interest in UT Pan American. I invite you to continue exploring our website to learn more about why we are so proud to be part of this outstanding institution of higher education.


Havidán Rodríguez
President, Ad Interim

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