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Cindy Mata-VasquezOLLU-RGV welcomes new director Cindy Mata-Vasquez   

Cindy Mata-Vasquez, a Rio Grande Valley resident with 15 years of experience in higher education, has become the new director of Our Lady of the Lake University-Rio Grande Valley 

Mata-Vasquez most recently served as Director for Student Activities at the University of Texas-RGV for the past seven years. 

“I am looking forward to highlighting the programs and services the university and satellite campus have to offer to residents of the Rio Grande Valley,” said Mata-Vasquez, who assumed her new position on July 20. “Having grown up in the area, it excites me to be able to provide additional avenues for folks to have options to continue their education and give back, right here in the region.”  

The oldest of three siblings, Mata-Vasquez moved from Queretaro, Mexico to the Rio Grande Valley with her family at the age of 6. She earned a BA in Communications from the University of Texas-Pan American (now UT-RGV) in 2004, an MA in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 and an MBA from UT-RGV in 2020.   

Prior to working at UT-RGV, Mata-Vasquez served as Director of Special Programs at Texas State Technical College in Harlingen. She is eager to assume her new position. 

“One of my first goals is to work closely with the RGV team and find out how my role can help support them and their professional goals,” she said. “I am also looking forward to connecting with local chambers of commerce and city leaders to find out how OLLU can be visible in their communities. Communication and visibility will be key to accomplish these goals as well as creating partnerships with each entity.” 

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