FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 16, 2008
HACU media contact:
Norma Jean Revilla-García
HACU president makes “the list” of top influential leaders in the nation
San Antonio, TX- Antonio R. Flores, President and CEO of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), was recently named among the Hispanic leaders recognized in “101 The List” published in the June 2008 issue of Latino Leaders: The National Magazine for the Successful American Latino. Flores was selected for his leadership in higher education and his unrelenting advocacy efforts towards increasing funding for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).
During his tenure as president of HACU, the association has nearly tripled its membership (from 161 members in 1996 to 459 in December 2007) and its budget, expanded its programs three-fold, significantly improved legislation for HSIs, increased annual federal funding for HSIs from $12 million in fiscal 1995 to over $100 million for fiscal 2008, and secured millions of dollars in new private funding for HSIs and associate members, including a $28 million HSI Kellogg initiative. HACU’s strategic plan calls for even greater gains for its membership in the years ahead. More than $1 billion in federal funding has been allocated to HSIs during Flores’ tenure.
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) was established in 1986 with a founding membership of 18 institutions. Today, HACU represents approximately 450 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, Spain and Portugal. HACU is the only national association that represents Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). Recently, HACU was named one of the nation’s top Hispanic non-profits by Hispanic Business magazine (May 2008). HACU is committed to assuring higher education access and success for Hispanic students.