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University of Texas Rio Grande Valley administration building

University of Texas
Rio Grande Valley

Non scholae sed vitae discimus.

(We learn not for school, but for life.)

Graduate Student.  Administrator.  Adjunct Faculty.  Active Alumnus.

After earning his masters, Leonardo Olivares held a variety of management positions while at the University of Texas-Pan American.

As Special Assistant to the President, Olivares advised University President Miguel A. Nevarez on higher education issues and financing matters before the Texas Legislature.

Olivares also directed the restructuring of programs of the University's Center for Local Government, which was charged with improving the management and operation of cities, counties and special districts. 


As Director of Program Development for the Office of Center Operations and Community Services (COSERV), Olivares identified, developed and secured grant funds from public and private sources.  He also assisted editing of University's Border Chronicle newspaper.

Finally, Olivares served as President-Elect of the UTPA Alumni Association as it transitioned into UTRGV, and has lectured at the Political Affairs & Security Studies Department, College of Liberal Arts.

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Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitor legislation and appropriations before relevant legislative committees and policies before regulatory agencies.

  • Collaborate with The University of Texas System and state higher education officials.

  • Assist in promoting regional economic development projects for South Texas.

Major Accomplishments

  • Secured approximately $14.0 million in state financing for new classroom building.

  • Established 100 percent success rate in grants written for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, totaling $5.3 million.

  • Initiated program to increase the University’s share of federal research funds.

Leonardo Olivares at University of Texas Pan American entrance sign
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