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UT Arlington associate vice president among Outstanding Women in Texas Government

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Friday, September 17, 2010

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Media Contact: Traci Peterson, Office:817-272-9208, Cell:817-521-5494, tpeterso@uta.edu

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.

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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. 

"Michele 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."

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