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New HACU board members Annouced

New HACU board members Annouced

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) has announced the election of five new members to the HACU Governing Board and of new officers, enhancing its board and its mission to champion Hispanic higher education.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Dennis A. Ahlburg, Dr. Robert G. Frank, Mr. Jerry Gattegno, Dr. Sharon Hahs and Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez to HACU’s Governing Board,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores. “These accomplished leaders have been involved with HACU efforts and their insight in higher education and philanthropy will benefit the association in helping to ensure Hispanic success in higher education at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and emerging HSIs.”

Dennis A. Ahlburg, Ph.D., became the 18th president of Trinity University (TX) in January 2010. Dr. Ahlburg has an impressive background as an internationally respected authority on the impact of population growth on development and the economics of higher education.

Robert G. Frank, Ph.D., became the president of the University of New Mexico on June 1, 2012. Dr. Frank has held leadership positions which include serving as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, dean, assistant to the dean and professor.

Jerry Gattegno is a senior multistate tax partner in the New York Office of Deloitte Tax LLP. Gattegno is the founding partner of Deloitte’s leading multistate tax practice and has 40 years of experience serving the sophisticated tax needs of Deloitte’s largest and most complex clients.

Sharon K. Hahs, Ph.D., became the president of Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) on February 1, 2007. Dr. Hahs has more than 30 years experience in higher education.

Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, Ph.D., became the 6th President of Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of The City University of New York (CUNY) on July 1, 2009. Trained as a social scientist, Dr. Matos Rodríguez previously held leadership positions in foundations, universities, policy centers, and branches of government, including service as Secretary of the Department of the Family for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

“HACU is fortunate to have visionaries on its board to guide the association in fulfilling its mission. We are looking forward to working with board members and those who will serve as officers of HACU’s Governing Board, and will always be grateful to the members that have completed their terms,” said Flores.

New officers of the board are: Dr. Jorge Iván Vélez-Arocho, chair, President of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico; Dr. Tomás Morales, vice chair, President of California State University-San Bernardino; Dr. Rita Cepeda, secretary, Chancellor of San José/Evergreen Community College District; Dr. William Flores, treasurer, President of University Houston, Downtown; and Dr. Sandra Serrano, immediate past chair, Chancellor of Kern Community College District.

Board members who recently completed their terms are: Dr. Milton Gordon, former President of California State University-Fullerton; Dr. Roy Flores, former Chancellor of Pima Community College; Dr. David Schmidly, former President of University of New Mexico; Dr. Leslie Navarro, former President of Morton College; and Mr. Angel Herrera, Regional Vice President of ARAMARK.

HACU governing board members serve three-year terms with the opportunity to be re-elected to a second term. A complete listing of current board members can be found at the HACU’s website, or by clicking here.

About HACU
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) was established in 1986 with a founding membership of 18 institutions. Today, HACU represents more than 400 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America and Spain. HACU is the only national association representing existing and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).


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