Contact Person: Roberto Cruz II
August 4, 2003
For Immediate Release
The National Hispanic University
Appoints New President
(San Jose, CA)--Chairman
Edward Alvarez announced today the appointment of its new
president, Dr. David P.
Lopez, effective September 1, 2003. “The Board of Trustees
is pleased that Dr. Lopez has accepted the post of President to lead
the University in its mission to make higher education more
accessible to Hispanics and others in the fields of business,
technology and education,” stated Mr. Alvarez. “Dr. Lopez has served
for twenty-five years in higher education, most of those years in
the California State University System in teacher education, which
is one of NHU’s largest programs,” he continued, “The Board was very
pleased to select Dr. Lopez from a field of top Hispanic educators
who responded to a national search for the presidency of NHU.
Furthermore, his experience as a former Trustee of the University
for eight years gives him an understanding, as well as, real
perspective on the role of The National Hispanic University in
creating educational opportunities for the Hispanic community and
others.” Chairman Alvarez concluded.
Dr. Lopez completed his doctorate at New
Mexico State University in May 1979 at Las Cruces, New Mexico with a
focus on Curriculum and Instruction. He earned the Master of Arts at
New Mexico Highlands University in August 1975 in Educational
Administration and his Bachelor of Arts at the University of New
Mexico in May 1974 in Elementary Education. “I look forward to
working with the Board of Trustees, staff, faculty and students at
The National Hispanic University, as we continue the legacy
established by its founder, Dr. B. Roberto Cruz, and expand the
University programs and facilities to meet the growing enrollment we
are experiencing. This is an exciting challenge and we have begun
the transition process,” stated Dr. Lopez.
The National Hispanic University is an
independent, accredited, non-profit university authorized to grant
degrees since 1981. The NHU offers degree programs in
business, liberal studies, computer information systems and a
credential program for elementary teachers. In addition, the
University established in collaboration with the East Side Union
High School District the Latino College Preparatory Academy in 2000.
It is a charter high school that currently serves 300 ninth, tenth
and eleventh graders who are English Language Learners. For more
information, please contact Roberto Cruz II at (408) 273-2712.