To mark its 10 years of service, Excelencia in Education announced the launch of a new effort to engage college and university presidents across America.  Presidents for Latino Student Success enlists institutional leaders throughout the country to make America stronger by increasing degree attainment for Latino students and all students.

"Excelencia in Education has become an invaluable resource for higher education leaders who understand that the success of America's Latino students is critical to our nation's future," said Eloy Ortiz Oakley, president of Long Beach City College and an inaugural member of Presidents for Latino Student Success.  “Excelencia’s analysis makes clear that for the U.S. to regain the top ranking in the world for college degree attainment, Latinos will need to earn 5.5 million more degrees by 2020.  Every higher educational institution in America could benefit from Excelencia's research, evidence-based practices, and proven ability to bring together key stakeholders to move our nation toward that goal.”

"We are gratified this distinguished group of higher education leaders have committed to building the national momentum to achieve our collective goal of making this country stronger with the talents, skills and contributions of greater numbers of Latino college graduates," said Sarita Brown, president of Excelencia in Education.  "These leaders come from a diversity of institutions and locations yet share proven capacities to advance student success and the acumen to reach and serve Latino students."

The following college and university presidents have already joined Presidents for Latino Student Success:

  • Ricardo Fernandez, CUNY-Lehman College
  • Mildred Garcia, California State University, Fullerton
  • Willie Hagan, California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • Ray Keck, Texas A&M International University
  • Flavius Killebrew, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
  • Felix Matos Rodriguez, CUNY- Hostos Community College
  • Gail Mellow, CUNY-LaGuardia Community College
  • Tomas Morales, California State University, San Bernardino
  • Diana Natalicio, University of Texas at El Paso
  • Elsa Nuñez, Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Long Beach City College
  • Antonio Perez, CUNY- Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Anne Prisco, Felician College, The Franciscan College of New Jersey
  • William Powers, Jr., The University of Texas at Austin
  • Shirley Reed, South Texas College
  • Mark Rosenberg, Florida International University
  • William Serrata, El Paso Community College

Presidents for Latino Student Success is a new enhanced level of the Excelencia in Action Network designed to provide leaders and institutions with exclusive strategic opportunities to advance educational achievement and degree completion including access to:

  • National experts and innovators producing positive results for Latino students and all students.
  • Excelencia in Education's platform to increase attention on effective policy and practice for Latino student success through featured stories and blogs.
  • Briefings for presidents on the condition of Latino student success nationally, in states, and at their institutions.
  • Accelerating Latino Student Success (ALASS) Inquiry Model with technical support from Excelencia staff and participating institutions.


Download the brochure to learn more about Presidents for Latino Student Success.


Excelencia in Education is a Washington, D.C.-based national non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate Latino student success in higher education. For more information please visit



Release Date
Tue, 05/06/2014 - 10:00am
Los Angeles