Tuesday, February 13, 2024
  Around Campus, Recognitions, Accolades

By News and Internal Communications

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – FEB. 13, 2024 – UTRGV University Registrar Sofia Almeda Montes has been elected as the new president-elect for the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (SACRAO). 

UTRGV University Registrar Sofia Almeda Montes. (UTRGV Photo)

Her election by SACRAO members on Tuesday, Feb. 6, marks the recognition of her expertise, leadership and commitment to advancing higher education practices in the areas of student records, admissions and enrollment management. 

“I’m proud to represent UTRGV and the good news we have to share about our impacts on our students and their communities,” Almeda said. “It is exciting to help lead the SACRAO organization and influence practices in higher education.”

In her new role, Almeda Montes will serve a three-year term, directing SACRAO’s annual conference planning and professional development opportunities. She will also shape future higher education leaders alongside board colleagues and steer policy and procedural revisions. 

As the University Registrar at UTRGV since 2016, Almeda Montes is responsible for overseeing student records, legislative and policy compliance, NCAA certification, and academic scheduling.

SACRAO serves as a unifying and coordinating agency, bringing together state organizations of admissions officers and registrars. The organization plays a crucial role in advancing higher education by identifying and promoting standards and best practices that impact admission officers, registrars and other academic support and student-service professionals.


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.