San José, Calif.—September 17, 2013—The National Hispanic University (NHU) announced today that its Board of Directors has named its current provost, Dr. Gladys Ato, as president and provost of the university. Dr. David López, who most recently served as NHU's president, was named chancellor for the university.
"The National Hispanic University is extremely fortunate to have two distinguished and committed leaders guiding us toward the future. Both Dr. Ato and Dr. López live the mission of NHU each day, and they are dedicated to sustaining a culture where students feel valued and supported at every step in their academic journey," said Jonathan Kaplan, chair of the NHU Board of Directors.
During her time as provost, Dr. Ato has overseen the university's academic programs, including curricula, academic policy development and deployment, and academic integrity, while also helping to advance NHU's teaching and learning environment by further developing a culture of excellence. As president and provost, she will be responsible for the overall day-to-day management of the institution, including leadership of faculty and staff as well as oversight of academic quality, accreditation and governance.
Prior to joining NHU, Dr. Ato served as chief academic officer and vice president of academic affairs at Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area, overseeing the undergraduate and graduate academic programs. She has also held several clinical positions throughout the Bay Area in early childhood education centers, in secondary schools and at San Francisco General Hospital through the University of California, San Francisco.
"More than 30 years ago, NHU was established by Dr. B. Roberto Cruz to help students reach their full potential as college graduates and become leaders in their respective communities, and today I humbly continue to carry on the university's mission," said Dr. Ato. "I am proud to be a part of this unique institution, and I share a commitment with Dr. López to continue advancing educational opportunities for all students."
Dr. López has served as NHU's president for the past 10 years and brings more than 35 years of higher education experience and leadership to his new role as chancellor. As president, he steered the university through many changes and challenges and has been recognized for his outstanding leadership, including most recently as a Trailblazer by Silicon Valley Latino magazine. During his time as president, Dr. López also worked to expand outreach and connections with other institutions, businesses and community organizations in California and across the country. In his new role, he will work more closely with influencers in education communities nationwide and become an ambassador to fulfill NHU's mission.
Dr. López began his teaching career in the College of Education at New Mexico State University and then taught at California State University, Fresno, where he became a tenured faculty member in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development. Dr. López has also served as a consultant in the private sector, helping to establish relationships between the corporate and educational communities. He was twice appointed by the governor to the California State Board of Education from 2006–2011 and also served on the California Postsecondary Education Commission during that time.
For more information about NHU and its programs, visit www.NHU.edu.
About The National Hispanic University
For more than 30 years, The National Hispanic University has provided Hispanic students and others with access to quality higher education. Located in San José, Calif., the university offers a diverse portfolio of online and campus-based undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in business, education, child development, computer science, criminal justice and psychology. 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 www.NHU.edu.