As president and provost of The National Hispanic University, Dr. Gladys Ato is developing a culture of excellence and cultivating a dynamic academic environment where students feel valued and supported throughout their educational journey.
Previously, Dr. Ato served as chief academic officer and vice president of academic affairs at Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area. In this position, she had oversight of a number of undergraduate and graduate programs that served more than 750 students. Dr. Ato also led several faculty development and technology initiatives that helped increase campus efficiencies. She also served on the Education Management Corporation's Online Higher Education Curriculum Development Team as a subject matter expert, reviewing and developing curricula for online undergraduate psychology courses.
Prior to joining Argosy, Dr. Ato held several clinical positions throughout the Bay Area, including those in early childhood education centers, secondary schools, and at San Francisco General Hospital through the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Ato is a highly involved member of the Hispanic community, having provided therapy, consultation, assessment, crisis intervention, and case management services primarily to low-income, underserved individuals. She has served as board president of Instituto Familiar de la Raza in San Francisco and is currently board vice president of Kids' Turn in San Francisco.
Dr. Ato holds a Psy.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Baylor University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist in California.