June 21, 2022

Norma Jean Revilla-Garcia

HACU’s Leadership Academy/La Academia de Liderazgo Class of 2021-22 graduate

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities held the final seminar for its Leadership Academy/La Academia de Liderazgo 2021-22 Class of Fellows on June 21-23, 2022, at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in California. 

The three-day seminar focusing on international collaborations began with a welcome reception, followed by round table discussions and presentations. The seminar will conclude with a networking dinner with HACU’s Governing Board and a graduation ceremony. 

Among the presentations: 

Leadership Challenges in Higher Education: Moving from the Pandemic to the Post Pandemic Era 
– Fernando León García, Ed.D., president, CETYS University, president of International Association of University Presidents 

A Conversation About HACU: Its Creation, Its Progress To-Date and the Path Forward 
– Antonio R. Flores, Ph.D., president and CEO, HACU 

The Role of the Leader as College or University President in These Challenging Times 
– Emma Grace Hernández Flores, Ph.D., president, Universidad de Iberoamérica 

Latinx Pathway to the Community College Presidency 
– Julianna Barnes, Ed.D., president, Cuyamaca College; Carlos O. Cortez, Ph.D., chancellor, San Diego 
Community College District; Star Rivera-Lacey, Ph.D., superintendent/president, Palomar Community 
College District; and Mark Sánchez, Ed.D., superintendent/president, Southwestern College 

A Conversation About the Challenges Associated with Leading a Research-Intensive University 
– Pradeep K. Khosla, Ph.D., chancellor, University of California, San Diego 

Building Compassion and Human Bridges through International Research Collaborations 
– Olivia A. Graeve, Ph.D., professor of mechanics and materials, University of California, San Diego

A Conversation About Career Path Planning and the Challenges Associated with Performing in a Senior-Level 
– Sue Henderson, Ph.D., president, New Jersey City University and chair, HACU Governing 

HACU congratulates the 2021-22 Fellows of the Leadership Academy/La Academia de Liderazgo:
Alamo Colleges District, Ruth Dalrymple
Caldwell University, Crystal López
California State University, Bakersfield, James L. Rodríguez, Ph.D.
Cañada College, Manuel Alejandro Pérez, Ed.D.
Central New Mexico Community College, Philip Lister, Ph.D.
Central New Mexico Community College, Melanie D. Viramontes
Cypress College, Yanet G. Padilla
Cypress College, AnnMarie Ruelas
Cypress College, Gisela Verduzco
Dallas College Mountain View Campus, Esteban Sosa
Dallas College Cedar Valley Campus, Maya Thomas Fernández, Ed.D.
Kean University, Carlos L. Nazario
Kean University, Carlos E. Rodriguez
Loras College, Sergio Pérez
Mesa Community College, Nora Amavisca Reyes, Ed.D.
New Jersey City University, Andrés Acebo, J.D.
Palo Alto College, Erron González
Texas A&M University, Luz E. Herrera, J.D.
Texas A&M University System, John E. Hurtado, Ph.D.
The City College of New York, Vanessa K. Valdés, Ph.D.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Nikolasa Tejero, DMA
The University of Texas at San Antonio, Juan Manuel Sánchez, Ph.D.
University of California, Davis, Luis Carvajal-Carmona, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh, Ariel Carlos Armony, Ph.D.
Utah Valley University, Yudi Lewis


The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities welcomed the 2021-22 Class of Fellows to the final seminar of the Leadership Academy/La Academia de Liderazgo. The seminar is taking place June 21-23, 2022, at the Lowes Coronado Bay Resort in California. Pictured in the photo: Fellows, presenters and HACU staff.