Updated October 25, 2013

NJ Revilla-Garcia

U.S. Secretary of Education meets with HSI presidents in a College Affordability Roundtable in Chicago

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) hosted a meeting where Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) presidents met with the U.S. Secretary of Education on Oct. 25th in Chicago, Ill.

Earlier this summer, the White House released a Fact Sheet on the President’s Plan to Make College More Affordable: A Better Bargain for the Middle Class

Education Secretary Arne Duncan joined more than a dozen college presidents in this College Affordability Roundtable. Secretary Duncan discussed with participants President Obama’s higher education agenda and gathered feedback on those proposals.

HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores and the following presidents and chancellors were in attendance:

  • California State University, Dominguez Hills, Dr. Willie J. Hagan, President/CEO


  • Elgin Community College, Dr. David Sam, President 

  • Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, CUNY, Dr. Fellix V. Matos Rodríguez, President

  • Morton College, Dr. Dana A. Grove, President

  • Palo Alto College, Dr. Mike Flores, President

  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico, Ponce, Dr. Jorge Iván Vélez-Arocho, President

  • Richard J. Daley College, City Colleges of Chicago, Dr. Jose Aybar, President

  • San Jacinto College, Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor

  • St. Augustine College, Mr. Andrew C. Sund, President 

  • Texas State Technical College, Dr. Cesar Maldonado, President         

  • The University of New Mexico, Dr. Robert G. Frank, President         

  • University of North Texas at Dallas, Dr.  Ronald T. Brown, President           

  • University of New Mexico-Taos Branch Campus, Dr. Kate O'Neil, Executive Director

  • West Hills Community College District, Dr. Frank Gornick, Chancellor

  • Wilbur Wright College, Dr. David Potash, President  

This private meeting took place prior to HACU's Annual Conference "Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success: Securing the American Dream." The annual conference is expected to draw more than 1,500 participants, October 26-28, 2013 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan.


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