Board of Directors

Executive Committee Officers (Elected Annually)

Patrick L. Valdez, PhD
Visiting Professor, Educational Policy Studies & Evaluation
Program Chair, Senior Diversity Officer Certificate
University of Kentucky, College of Education



AAHHE Chair-elect
Azara Santiago Rivera, PhD
Professor Emerita
Merrimack College






AAHHE Immediate Past Chair
Victor B. Saenz, PhD
Professor & Chair
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy
Executive Director, Project MALES
The University of Texas at Austin




AAHHE Treasurer
James Rodriguez, PhD
School of Social Sciences and Education
California State University, Bakersfield    




AAHHE Treasurer-elect
Aurora Kamimura, PhD

Assistant Provost for Inclusive Excellence
Lecturer in Education, Arts & Sciences

Washington University in St. Louis



AAHHE Immediate Past Treasurer
Carmen Martinez-López, PhD
Dean School of Business and Professional Careers
Westchester Community College
State University of New York




Board Members

Distinguished Professor Emerita
University at Albany, SUNY

Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latino Studies


Jeanett Castellanos, PhD
Professor of Teaching, Social Sciences
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies, Social Sciences
Director, Social Policy and Public Service major
University of California, Irvine


Associate Dean & Professor
University of Georgia

Vice President
Community Engagement & Diversity Initiatives
Nevada State College

Claudia Garcia-Louis, PhD
Faculty Member at Large
Assistant Professor
University Texas, San Antonio


Gloria P Martinez-Ramos, PhD
Professor of Sociology, Director of the Center for Diversity and Gender Studies
Director of Latina/o Studies Program
Texas State University



Marie T. Mora, PhD
Deputy Provost and Professor of Economics
Office of the Provost
Metropolitan State University of Denver




Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies

Associate Dean for Faculty
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
California State University, Fullerton




Luis Ponjuán, PhD
Associate Professor
Educational Administration and Policy
Texas A&M University


Graduate Student Member at Large
Assistant Director
McNair Scholars Program
University of California, Riverside




Cristobal Rodriguez, PhD
Associate Dean
Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement
Arizona State University





Julian Vasquez Heilig, PhD
Dean and Professor
Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation
University of Kentucky





For AAHHE Founding Board Members, click here.

For past AAHHE Board Members, click here.


Revised August 16, 2022