ARLINGTON - UT Arlington administrator Michele
Bobadilla was one of four women across the state to be honored with Outstanding
Women in Texas Government awards this week.
The State Agency Council to the
Governor's Commission on Women gives the biennial awards to women who have
helped shape Texas by contributing their talents and skills to state service.
Government agency heads make nominations and an independent committee chooses
the winner. Bobadilla's award is in the category of community involvement.
Bobadilla is senior associate vice
president for outreach services and community engagement and assistant provost
for Hispanic student success at The University of Texas at Arlington. She has served on the boards of
25 organizations in North Texas and more than 50 committees addressing the
needs of the community at large.
Her work has included chairing
scholarship committees at both Dallas and Fort Worth Hispanic Chambers of
Commerce. She also co-founded University Crossroads, a program that has
provided more than 10,500 students with free SAT math preparation classes. She
is also a former vice chair of the National League of United Latin American
Citizens' Education Commission.
Bobadilla is a role model and advocate who has worked tirelessly raising
scholarship funds to enable deserving students to pursue their dreams of
college, especially young women and those in the Hispanic community," said
Michael Moore, senior vice provost at UT Arlington. "Her commitment to giving
back to the community sets an example and makes her a valuable asset to UT
Arlington and Texas."
Others honored with Outstanding Women in
Texas Government Awards in a ceremony Wednesday were:
Outstanding Professional Development: Kathy Perkins, Texas
Department of State Health Services
Outstanding Management: Eugenie S. Kleinerman, M.D.,
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Outstanding Contribution: Nicole Verver, Texas Workforce Commission
"Texas women who choose lives of public service are having a
tremendous impact on this great state," said Avis O'Reilly, chair of the State
Agency Council. "There are over 81,000 women involved in state government
crafting legislation, providing vital services to our families, and leading
this state towards an even stronger and more prosperous future."
The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.