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 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) today named 10 HACU Leadership Fellows to help build the next generation of minority higher education leaders for America’s increasingly diverse college campuses and communities.

The HACU Leadership Fellows are researchers, executives and educators representing a wide range of expertise from higher education institutions in California, Florida, Illinois, New Mexico and Texas.

They are one of three teams of Leadership Fellows named as part of the Kellogg Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Leadership Fellows Program, funded through the Alliance for Equity in Higher Education with a four-year, $6 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

The Alliance, created as the nation’s first unified voice for all minority higher education concerns, was founded by HACU representing Hispanic-Serving Institutions, the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) representing Tribal Colleges and Universities, and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) representing the country’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

HACU Leadership Fellows will join the AIHEC Leadership Fellows Program and the NAFEO Kellogg Leadership Fellows Program as part of the project to identify and mentor the next generation of presidents and senior executives at America’s Minority-Serving Institutions.

The project is directly addressing the need to end the continuing under-representation of minority senior-level administrators at minority serving colleges and universities. Organizers predict that by the end of this decade, at least half the participants in the Kellogg MSI Leadership Fellows Program will be serving as a president or other high-ranking leader at a minority-serving college or university.

“HACU Leadership Fellows represent a distinguished group of extraordinary leaders in research, teaching, administration and community outreach from the Hispanic higher education community. Their expertise and vision will contribute to a new, more diverse era of leadership for those colleges and universities serving the largest concentrations of minority higher education students,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores.

HACU represents more than 300 colleges and universities serving the largest concentrations of Hispanic higher education students. NAFEO represents 118 Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other institutions. The American Indian Higher Education Consortium represents 32 Tribal Colleges and Universities.

The HACU Leadership Fellows are:

Janice Chavez, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, California State University, Bakersfield
Benjamin Cuellar, Dean, College of Health and Human Services, California State University, Fresno
Beatriz Espinoza, District Director of Community Development, Dallas County Community College District, Texas
David Leon, Director of the Serna Center, Chicano Studies, Professor, Vice Chair of the Ethnic Studies Department, California State University, Sacramento
Santos Martinez Jr., Vice President for Student Services, Coastal Bend College, Texas
Tomas Morales, Vice President for Academic Affairs/Student Affairs, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Lourdes Oroza, Dean of Academic Affairs, Wolfson Campus, Miami Dade College, Florida
  Sandra Pacheco, Vice President for Student Affairs, St. Edward’s University, Texas
  Santos Rivera, Special Assistant to the President, Northeastern Illinois University

Eliseo “Cheo” Torres, Vice President for Student Affairs, University of New Mexico

For more information, contact HACU Public Affairs Director Daniel Casillas at HACU national headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, at (210) 692-3805. Ext. 3249, or by email at Or visit