SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The National Hispanic University announced today that it has
formed an advisory board composed of prominent leaders from across the country.
The board will be chaired by the Hon. Henry Cisneros, former secretary of the
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The board will provide
guidance on overall strategy and serve as the university’s ambassadors to the
public, private and nonprofit sectors.
“The National Hispanic University has a strong educational foundation, a
proven track record for student success and, most important, a noble goal that I
fully embrace — to increase the number of Latino college graduates,” said Mr.
Cisneros. “I am honored to serve as chairman of the board and support the
university and its mission and vision.”
Mr. Cisneros served as secretary of HUD in the administration of President
Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997. Prior to his cabinet position, he served four
terms as mayor of his hometown, San Antonio. As the executive chairman of
CityView, Mr. Cisneros remains actively involved in urban investing and building
for community revitalization projects in large cities throughout the United
In addition to Mr. Cisneros, the advisory board comprises:
Janet Murguia, president and chief executive officer of the National
Council of La Raza (NCLR) — As president and CEO of the largest national
Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S., Ms. Murguia often
testifies before Congress about issues affecting the Latino community. She
previously served as deputy assistant to President Clinton, providing
strategic and legislative advice to the president on key issues.
Cesar Conde, president of Univision Networks — Mr. Conde is
responsible for overseeing Univision Network, TeleFutura Network and Univision
Cable Networks, as well as Univision Studios, and has held a number of senior
positions within the company. Prior to joining Univision, Mr. Conde was one of
12 White House Fellows (2002–2003) appointed by President George W. Bush and
served as White House Fellow for then Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Ronald Blackburn-Moreno, president and CEO of the ASPIRA Association
— Mr. Blackburn-Moreno has played a major role in shaping national education
policy to benefit Latinos since assuming leadership in 1994 of the ASPIRA
Association, the only national organization dedicated to the education and
leadership development of Latino youth. A past chair of the National Hispanic
Leadership Agenda, he has previously served on several advisory boards,
including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education
and the Ford Foundation. Mr. Blackburn-Moreno speaks nationwide on education
Nely Galan, media entrepreneur/Latina advocate — Ms. Galan, a
first-generation immigrant and self-made media mogul, was the first Latina
president of a U.S. television network, Telemundo. She is an
award-winning producer of more than 600 episodes of television programming in
Spanish and English, including the FOX hit reality series The
Swan. She is the founder of The Adelante Movement, which
includes a National Tour and a digital platform to economically empower
Latinas in the U.S and connect them with financial opportunities. Ms. Galan
has also recently gone back to graduate school. She has a master’s degree in
clinical psychology and is currently completing her doctorate.
“This esteemed group of nationally recognized leaders will be instrumental in
advancing our university’s mission of increasing access to quality higher
education for Latinos and others serving multicultural communities,” said Dr. David P.
Lopez, president of The National Hispanic University. “As we continue to
focus our efforts on expanding access nationally through on-campus and online
programs, we will greatly benefit from the talents and unique expertise of this
distinguished group of advisors.”
The National Hispanic University is part of The Laureate International
Universities network, which includes more than 60 accredited
campus-based and online universities worldwide, including more than 30
postsecondary institutions in Latin America. The university was founded in 1981
by the late Dr. B. Roberto Cruz, who dedicated his life to making educational
opportunities available to Hispanics and members of other underrepresented
For more information about The National Hispanic University, visit http://www.nhu.edu/.
About The National Hispanic University
For 30 years, The National
Hispanic University has provided Hispanic students and others with access to
quality higher education. Located in San Jose, Calif., the university offers a
diverse portfolio of online and campus-based undergraduate, graduate and
certificate programs in business, teacher education, child development and
computer science. Students are supported in a multicultural and collaborative
learning environment that is based on Familia™, a personalized approach that
fosters students’ success through mutual respect and cultura. The
National Hispanic University, a member of the Laureate International
Universities network, is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior
Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
(WASC). For more information, visit http://www.nhu.edu/.