November 6, 2008
The Honorable Barack H. Obama
Dear President-Elect Obama:
Please accept our most sincere congratulations on being elected the 44th President of the United States. The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and our 450 member colleges and universities, that collectively enroll more than two-thirds of all Hispanics in American higher education, wish you a most successful and productive presidency. We look forward to working with you and your administration in addressing the needs of the two million Hispanics in postsecondary education and the 4.5 million students that attend Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and other HACU member institutions.
As Hispanics, the fastest-growing and youngest ethnic population in the nation (now numbering over 45 million), are being called to undertake leadership roles in all sectors of society, they need to be prepared with a quality higher education. The nation’s economic prosperity and well-being will increasingly depend on how well we educate and train the emerging generations of this rapidly increasing population. Currently, more than one of every three new workers in America is Hispanic and by 2025 one of every two new workers will be Hispanic. HACU and our member colleges and universities are committed to working with your administration to ensure that all Americans have a chance to seek a higher education.
HSIs and other HACU member institutions are privileged to have extraordinary leaders who have enhanced the quality and success of these institutions. Many of these presidents/CEOs would bring outstanding expertise to your administration in federal agencies that would benefit from their management and leadership talents. A partial roster of these outstanding CEOs is attached for your consideration.
I respectfully request a meeting with you, members of your transition team, and HACU’s Governing Board to further discuss how we can best assist your administration.
Antonio R. Flores
cc: HACU Governing Board
Enclosures: Roster of nominees for cabinet and sub-cabinet positions in President Obama’s administration
President-Elect Barack Obama
HACU Recommendations for Appointment to Federal Agency positions
College and University Presidents and Chancellors
November 6, 2008