The Autonomous University of Puebla (UAP) is, without a doubt, a core institution in the development of the State, and even the country.
It is nothing less than the training center for future professionals in various branches, who forge the destiny of the country, because their knowledge is put into practice not only in the entity itself but in many states throughout the republic.
If you go to Veracruz, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Guerrero, Tlaxcala, Mexico City, Edomex, Hidalgo and any other territory in the country, surely there is a UAP graduate. Its budget alone is higher than that of any of the 217 municipalities including, obviously, the capital Puebla. For this reason, the election of its rector or rector is no small matter.
We are weeks away from the university community of our highest house of studies appointing who will replace Alfonso Esparza Ortiz in the rectory.
In other times, this position was an ambition of those who saw the UAP as a political springboard to aspire, in the future, to political life, being either mayor or even governor – although no one has ever achieved the latter. There we have in the recent past Enrique Doger who became municipal president of Puebla and later federal deputy or the other Enrique with the last name Agüera who traveled the same path but failed before Antonio Gali.
But the rector of Alfonso Esparza was different because ambition never embraced him or simply did not find the right setting.
He was a character to whom the media spotlights did not cause addiction. Esparza Ortiz managed to go through the reelection path without major obstacles.
He faced the same authoritarian governments like that of Rafael Moreno Valle, some smoother like that of Antonio Gali and others that were not blue and good night like that of Guillermo Pacheco Pulido.
You will understand what came next. “No, don’t insist… I won’t mention it.”
Today, Alfonso Esparza Ortiz lives the decline of his rector and could go down in history as the one who gave way to a woman as the first rector of the UAP, an unprecedented event in the history of Puebla.
Guadalupe Grajales and Lidia Cedillo are emerging to be the most serious and probable contenders to face each other in the process of choosing who will dispatch from 2021 to 2025 in the UAP rectory office.
Other “sighs” will come, but within the institution it is already understood that the contest will be two and that, with gender equality, it will embrace university life. That excites those of us who understand that it is women’s time. May it be for the good of Puebla and the Autonomous University of Puebla.
Alberto Rueda Estevez