November 11, 2021
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities has elected new officers and named four new Governing Board members on October 14, 2021. Board members serve three-year terms with the opportunity to be re-elected for a second term.
HACU Governing Board officers are as follows: Chair Sue Henderson, president of New Jersey City University, New Jersey; Vice-Chair Mike Flores, chancellor of Alamo Colleges District; Secretary Margaret Venable, president of Dalton State College; Treasurer David Méndez Pagán, rector of Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Recinto de Gurabo; and Substitute for Past Chair Juan Muñoz, chancellor of University of California, Merced.
Newly elected board members include:
Devorah Lieberman, Ph.D., is the University of La Verne’s 18th and first female president. She has more than 30 years of higher education experience and has been recognized for her work with numerous awards. From 2004 to 2011, Lieberman served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Wagner College in New York. Lieberman earned her bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University, a master’s degree from San Diego State University, and a doctorate from the University of Florida.
Cesar Maldonado, Ph.D., became Chancellor of Houston Community College in 2014. Maldonado was previously appointed President of Texas State Technical College in 2008 and was later named Vice Chancellor for Institutional Effectiveness and Commercialization for the TSTC System while remaining president at TSTC Harlingen. He served for over a decade as a board member and twice as president of the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District, and as a Regent of the Texas State Technical College System. Maldonado holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas A&M University, and a doctorate from Texas Tech University.
Brad L. Mortensen, Ph.D., became the 13th president of Weber State University in 2019. He joined Weber State in 2004 as assistant vice president for auxiliary and support services and served as vice president of university advancement from 2007 through 2018. Mortensen earned an associate’s degree from Ricks College, a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University, a master’s degree from Syracuse University, and a doctorate from the University of Utah.
Luke Visconti is the founder and chairman of DiversityInc. He created the DiversityInc Top 50, the leading corporate diversity list now entering its 20th year. He currently serves on the board of New Jersey City University Foundation and the Rutgers Foundation, is vice chairman of the National Organization on Disability, and is HACU’s Corporate and Philanthropic Council, chair. Visconti holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University.
HACU extends its sincere thanks to members completing their terms and their contributions during their service to the board: Monte E. Pérez, former president of Los Angeles Mission College, Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, chancellor of The City University of New York, and Joe Mella, vice president of Finance Division, Goldman Sachs.