De León vows: ‘I will not resign.’ Council president says apology isn’t enough
Published Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 07:51 pm
By JENNIFER WALLACE
With less than six months left in her two-year term as President of the University of Texas at El Paso, Nancy Sanderson León vowed Monday to honor the Constitution and remain as interim president.
León said her campaign to lead the 16,000-student campus was a “noble” one. “I am humbled to serve on behalf of all of UTEP, our students, faculty, staff and the community,” she said. “Every day, I try to move this university forward by learning from our past and charting a future that is reflective of our rich history and vibrant culture. I will continue to fight for UTEP, our students and this institution.”
She vowed to honor the Constitution and remain as interim president.
“Our school is best served when we focus on what unites us as a community; education and the pursuit of excellence,” León said. “Our institution has lost its way when we have allowed the politics of our campus to overshadow the hard work and commitment of our staff, faculty and students. I have been asked to lead UTEP because of the leadership and wisdom of our interim president, Michael Sommers. My work as president will be focused on building the long-term institutional success of our campus, and my leadership will be guided by my commitment to the needs of our student body, staff, faculty, alumni and the community.”
But León said that as president, she would work with the university’s governing board to continue supporting and assisting the faculty, staff and students.
“Our primary mission as a university is education. Therefore, I have pledged that I will support the university’s core mission to educate our students by working diligently to make El Paso a better place to study, work and live,” León said. “I will work to ensure that UTEP