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February 17, 2010
Tessa Benavides

HACU announces new members to its advisory council

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) has announced three new members to its Hispanic-Serving School District-Hispanic Serving Institutions’ (HSSD-HSI) Advisory Council. The following are the new members:

  • Dr. Maria Ferrier, President, Texas A&M University-San Antonio
  • Dr. Deborah Healy, Director of Guidance and Counseling, Northside Independent School District (San Antonio)
  • Dr. Janice Ramirez, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, Mesa Unified School District #4 (Mesa, Arizona)

The Advisory Council provides strategic direction and recommendations to HACU on issues affecting PK-20 education. Members of the council include key leaders from higher education, PK-12 school districts, community-based organizations and national organizations.

The HSSD initiative serves to address the pipeline issues of Hispanic education by increasing collaboration between PK-12 and higher education, especially HSIs.

Other members of the council are:

  • Dr. Arturo Delgado, Superintendent, San Bernardino City Unified School Districts
  • Lily Eskelsen, Vice-President, National Education Association
  • Dr. Milton Gordon, President, California State University-Fullerton
  • Dr. Sharon Hahs, President, Northeastern Illinois University
  • Dr. Carlos Hernandez, President, New Jersey City University
  • Pablo Munoz, Superintendent, Elizabeth Public Schools
  • Peter Negroni, Senior Vice-President Relationship Development, The College Board
  • Ranjit Sidhu, Senior Vice-President of Strategic Initiatives, ACT, Inc.
  • Dr. Robert Ziegler, President, San Antonio College

About HACU
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 representing existing and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). More information is available at

HACU will celebrate its 25th Anniversary when it hosts its annual conference in San Antonio, Texas, October 29-31, 2011.