November 8, 2023

HACU announces four new members to its Governing Board for 2023-2024

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities has announced four new Governing Board members and the re-election of Greg Peterson and Federico Zaragoza to their second two-year terms. The confirmations took place on October 28, 2023, at HACU’s 37th Annual Conference.

HACU Governing Board officers are as follows: 

  • Chair – Mike Flores, chancellor of Alamo Colleges District
  • Vice-Chair – Juan Muñoz, chancellor of University of California, Merced
  • Secretary – Emma Grace Hernández Flores, president of Universidad de Iberoamérica
  • Treasurer – Irma Becerra, president of Marymount University
  • Substitute for Past-Chair – Federico Zaragoza, president of College of Southern Nevada

HACU Governing Board members serve two-year terms with the opportunity to be re-elected for a second term. Newly elected board members include:

Abel Antonio Chávez is the president of Our Lady of the Lake University. A first-in-family college graduate, and bilingual administrator and academic, Chávez is committed to enhancing quality, access and affordability for all students while serving the needs of families, economies and communities. A civil and environmental engineer, he has served in multiple roles in and beyond higher education and is a global leader in community-based energy, material, and greenhouse gas emissions accounting. He earned an associate of science from Front Range Community College, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado-Denver, a master’s degree from the University of Houston, and a doctorate from the University of Colorado-Denver.

Cynthia Larive is the chancellor of the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and has received campus and national awards for her teaching, research and leadership. Prior to becoming chancellor, Larive was provost and executive vice chancellor at UC Riverside and was responsible for the academic enterprise, managing large-scale initiatives as well as the academic operations of the Riverside campus. She earned a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University, a master’s degree from Purdue University, and a doctorate from UC Riverside.

Daniel López is the president of Harold Washington College, City Colleges of Chicago. He has nearly 30 years of administrative and teaching experience at diverse higher education institutions in Illinois. Throughout his career, he has been involved with leading academic and student affairs units at public and private higher education institutions with a laser focus on student success. López is a proud graduate of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities’ Leadership Academy/ La Academia de Liderazgo, and its inaugural class of 2020. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield, a master’s degree from Loyola University in Chicago, and a doctorate from Illinois State University.

Frank D. Sánchez is the president of Manhatanville College. Prior to this he served as president of Rhode Island College and vice chancellor for student affairs at the City University of New York (CUNY). A proponent of civic engagement and community involvement, Sánchez has served as a member of the United Way of Rhode Island Board of Directors, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, the Providence Performing Arts Council, and the NCAA Division III Presidents' Council. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a master’s degree from Colorado State University, and a doctorate from Indiana University, Bloomington.

HACU extends its sincere thanks to members completing their terms and their contributions during their service to HACU’s Governing Board: Howard Gillman, chancellor of the University of California, Irvine; Devorah Lieberman, president emerita of the University of La Verne; Cesar Maldonado, former chancellor of Houston Community Colleges; and Margaret Venable, former president of Dalton State College.

Click here to see a full list of HACU Governing Board members.

About HACU
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, founded in 1986, represents more than 500 colleges and universities in the United States, Latin America, Spain and school districts throughout the U.S. HACU is the only national association representing existing and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). The Association’s headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, with regional offices in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento, California.


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