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January 10, 2019

Norma Jean Revilla-Garcia

HACU appoints new senior vice president and chief operating officer

David A. Ortiz, Ph.D., was appointed senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, effective January 1, 2019. Ortiz replaces, John Moder, Ph.D., who retired at the end of 2018. 

In this role, Ortiz is responsible for the operations of the Association and implementation of policies, goals and objectives set by the president/CEO and Governing Board. As the senior executive for administration and policy analysis he oversees HACU programs, federal and state policy initiatives to advance the mission of the Association.  

“We are truly grateful for John Moder’s more than 16 years of service and many contributions to HACU and are pleased to welcome David Ortiz to follow in his footsteps,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores. “We look forward to having David continue advancing HACU’s strategic work in the months and years ahead.”

Prior to this latest appointment, Ortiz served as the executive director for policy analysis and information at HACU. He brings 25 years of higher education experience to the Association. 

His research and work on Hispanic higher education has been recognized by the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanics, Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators, National College Learning Center Association and other organizations. Ortiz has served as a member and in leadership roles in a variety of national organizations. 

Ortiz earned a PhD in higher education administration from Indiana University Bloomington and a master’s in education and a bachelor’s in sociology from Texas A&M University, College Station.

Photo: David A Ortiz, Ph.D.