Everlasting Love

Everlasting Love

Former UTEP President Shows Continued Support

The lasting pride Haskell Monroe, Jr. had for the University Library led to the Monroes’ most recent gift of $250,000 to the Library’s Special Collections Department.

Jo Monroe, wife of former University of Texas at El Paso President Haskell M. Monroe, Jr., Ph.D., remembers standing at the lookout point on Rim Road admiring the view of El Paso with a hot, parched wind hitting her face during the summer of 1970.

The Monroes were passing through the city en route to do research in California. She never imagined that the Southwest city and its University would one day hold a special place in their hearts.

Ten years later, Monroe, Jr. was selected as UTEP’s president.
The family relocated to El Paso from College Station, Texas. Before joining UTEP, he had been an educator, researcher and administrator at universities including Schreiner College, now called Schreiner University, and Texas A&M University.

During Monroe, Jr.’s eight-year tenure with the University, he strengthened university relations throughout the community. He also established the Junior Scholars program that offered local middle and high school students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the college experience and take college-level courses at the University.

Among all of Monroe, Jr.’s contributions to UTEP as president, the one thing that meant the most to him was the development of the 

University Library, Jo Monroe said. His knack for securing private funding for the University enabled construction of the $28 million library.

The lasting pride Monroe, Jr. had for the University Library led to the Monroes’ most recent gift of $250,000 to the Library’s Special Collections Department.

“This was a wonderful opportunity for us in recognition of how much Haskell loved UTEP and how proud he was of the University and the library,” Jo Monroe said. “I remember when he first saw the new library, he was as proud as a new papa! With this gift, we hope to enrich Special Collections, enhance research and encourage students to take advantage of the space and resources of the library.”

The Research Room in Special Collections is now officially called the Jo and Haskell Monroe Jr. Special Collections Research Center.

“Generous gifts to UTEP are always greatly appreciated, and especially so when they come from members of the UTEP family committed to the transformative work that we are doing,” UTEP President Diana Natalicio said. “We are deeply grateful to Haskell and Jo Monroe for their continued interest in and support of UTEP and the students we serve.”