The Leadership Edinburg Banquet honoring Class XX will be held at the Echo Hotel on Wednesday, May 27, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at $25 per person. Applications for Leadership Edinburg Class XXI are currently available by contacting the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce at 956-383-4974.

"The Leadership Edinburg program is a true success story for the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. Any program that continues to attract larger numbers of participants each year speaks to the caliber of the speakers, topics covered and overall program offered by the Leadership Edinburg Steering Committee," said Elva Jackson Garza, LE Class II graduate. "Every class is special and unique in their own way. Class XX has been exceptional and has set the standard quite high for future classes that follow."

Dr. Blandina Cardenas will be the keynote speaker for the event.

The public is invited to attend and learn more about the program.

The seventh president of The University of Texas-Pan American has spent her life dedicated to the proposition that the intellectual and creative assets of all students must be developed for the common good.

This educator and civil rights advocate began her career as a teacher of migrant pre-school children in her native Del Rio, Texas in 1968.

Cárdenas completed a doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and in 1977 accepted a Presidential Appointment as Commissioner for Children, Youth and Families in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

Cárdenas became the first woman to lead UTPA in 2004. Since then she has been responsible for a number of initiatives that have distinguished UTPA in the state for promoting student success and access. Today she is guiding the institution to a new and vibrant era in research in fields such as economics, border life, medicine and engineering.

For more than 30 years Dr. Cárdenas has been a strong, clear and creative voice for expanded educational opportunity. She has won countless state and national awards for her ongoing efforts and leadership to increase the participation and success of under-represented groups in higher education.