San Antonio, Texas–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–November 13, 2003–American CityVista CEO and San Antonio former mayor Henry Cisneros was recognized for his numerous contributions to the public sector, particularly to education and housing.
Cisneros accepted the prestigious Aguila Azteca 10 years after he was accorded the honor. He could not accept the award from the Mexican government at the time because he was secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Federal officials are not allowed to receive awards from foreign countries. However, Cisneros did not mind the wait.
“This award represents both an appreciation for personal and public work. I accept the Aguila Azteca on behalf of the generations that came before me – for the people who loved Mexico and who have helped bring understanding between our people,” he said.
Josefina Vasquez Mota, Mexico’s secretary of social development, presented the Aztec Eagle to Cisneros at a dinner sponsored by the San Antonio-Mexico Friendship Council – a nonprofit council dedicated to strengthening the cultural, educational and historical ties shared by Texans and the citizens of Mexico.
“Mr. Cisneros is a shining example of the new leadership and importance of the Hispanic community in the U.S.,” said Vasquez Mota. “His unwavering dedication to bringing education and housing resources to Hispanics merits this recognition.”
Past recipients of the award include Charles Butt, chairman of H-E-B; former San Antonio Express-News publisher Charles Kilpatrick and his wife, Margie; author Americo Paredes;; and Tom Frost, senior chairman of Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc.
As the founder and chairman of American CityVista, CEO Henry Cisneros brings executive and urban planning experience to the homebuilding joint venture he formed with Kaufman and Broad in August, 2000. Previously, Cisneros was president and chief operating officer of Univision Communications in Los Angeles, the Spanish-language broadcaster which has become the fifth-most-watched television network in the nation.
From 1993 to 1997, Cisneros served as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. As a member of the President’s Cabinet, Secretary Cisneros was assigned America’s housing and community development portfolio. Prior to joining the Cabinet, he was Chairman of Cisneros Asset Management Company, a fixed income money management firmed operating nationally.
In 1981, Cisneros became the first Hispanic American Mayor of a major U.S. city. During his four terms in office, Cisneros helped rebuild the city’s economic base and created jobs through massive infrastructure and downtown improvements, making San Antonio one of the most progressive cities in the nation.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Texas A&M University. He earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard, a Doctorate in Public Administration from George Washington University, and has been awarded over 20 honorary doctorates from leading universities.
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