EL PASO — The El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center's Board of Directors announced Executive Director Maribel Villalva will step down from her position, effective Feb. 8, 2013, to accept a position with the University of Texas at El Paso as the Director of the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens.
Villalva, a former journalist with the El Paso Times, became the Museum's Executive Director in 2008, replacing Leslie F. Novick after her retirement.
"The past four years as Executive Director of the El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center have been among the most special and important years of my life," Villalva said. "This is a bittersweet time. I am heartbroken to leave such an amazing organization, but I'm also excited to work for my alma mater, UTEP. This is an exciting time for the university and I am looking forward to this new adventure."
The Board has created a Search Committee to begin the process of finding a new Executive Director for the Museum. Information about the position will be made available via the Museum's Website (www.elpasoholocaustmuseum.org  on Jan. 31. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 20 and should be addressed to Board President Debra P. Kanof.