AUSTIN, Texas—Victoria Rodríguez, vice provost for institutional initiatives at The University of Texas at Austin, has been selected by Hispanic Business magazine for inclusion in its list of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics in 2002.” The list appears in the magazine’s October issue.
Rodríguez, who became a vice provost in January 2001, also is a professor of public affairs with the university’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, where she teaches courses in policy development, women and public policy, women and politics, and theory and philosophy of public policy.
Hispanic Business magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential Hispanics recognizes U.S. citizens of Hispanic origin who have had recent national impact. Nominations are provided by readers, Web site visitors, contributing editors and writers, magazine staff and the nominees themselves.
Government officials dominate this year’s list of the Hispanic Business magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential Hispanics. Of the 100 people on this year’s list, 44 work for federal agencies, another 16 work for state governments and five are political operatives connected to parties or electoral campaigns. The remaining 35 people are divided among corporate America, the entertainment industry and nonprofit groups. Sports support a strong contingent on the list, ranging from two young Olympic medalists to retiring golfer Nancy Lopez. A survey of the 100 people on the list showed that 60 percent considered “boosting education” the top priority of the national Hispanic agenda.
Rodríguez, who has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, has focused her research on topics related to Mexico. These include decentralization, state and local government, opposition governments and women in contemporary politics.
For more information contact: Robert D. Meckel, Office of Public Affairs, 512-475-7847.