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NHU President and Late University Founder Among
100 Most Influential Latinos in Silicon Valley

(San Jose, CA) - On June 30, the Mexican American Community Services Agency (MACSA) will honor the 100 Most Influential Latinos of Silicon Valley at the Mexican Heritage Plaza during the inaugural Red Carpet Gala (http://www.redcarpetgala.com/).  Among the 100 honorees will be the President of The National Hispanic University (NHU), Dr. David Lopez and its late founder and first President, Dr. B. Roberto Cruz.

“It is an honor to be selected as part of this prestigious group of 100 and I am pleased that the nomination committee recognizes The National Hispanic University’s contribution to the educational scene of Silicon Valley.  I am also pleased that our founder and my friend, Dr. Cruz, is being recognized for his great contribution to the education of Latinos”, said NHU President Dr. David Lopez.

   Dr. David P. Lopez has served as President of The National Hispanic University since 2003. His involvement as a former Trustee of the University and twenty-five plus years experience in higher education gives him the knowledge and skills to move NHU forward and increase its impact on the educational issues facing Hispanics. In 2006, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Dr. Lopez to serve on the State Board of Education. In 2004, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from New Mexico State University, and in 2005 he was named the Hispanic-Net Educator of the Year. He earned his Doctorate in Education from New Mexico State University. After three years of teaching in the College of Education at New Mexico State University, he continued his career at California State University- Fresno, where he became a tenured faculty member in the School of Education and Human Development. Dr. Lopez is being recognized for his contributions in the “Education” category along with 9 other nominees including nationally renowned author and educator, Dr. Francisco Jimenez and Chancellor of the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District, Dr. Rosa Perez.

     NHU President Dr. David López

Dr. B. Roberto Cruz was the founder and first President of The National Hispanic University.  He committed 39 years of his life to educating people and pioneering new ways to reach those who needed it most.  He was a visionary leader with boundless energy, focused on innovative solutions to educational issues facing Hispanics and minorities.  He passed away in 2002, but not before leaving an educational legacy.  In his lifetime, Dr. Cruz established 2 childcare centers, the Latino College Preparatory Academy and The National Hispanic University.  Dr. Cruz received his Ph.D. in Policy, Planning and Administration and a Masters of Arts Degree in Education from the University of California Berkeley and was a member of the faculty at the Stanford University School of Education.  Dr. Cruz has received more than 200 awards and recognitions and in 2005, the community of east San Jose named its new library- The Dr. Roberto Cruz- Alum Rock Library in his honor.  Dr. Cruz is being recognized in the “Legends” category along with 9 others including United Farm Workers founder, Cesar Chavez and Valley Developer and NHU donor, John Arrillaga.

     NHU Founder Dr. B. Roberto Cruz

   The National Hispanic University is a private, WASC accredited, 4-year university authorized to grant degrees since 1981.  NHU offers degrees in Liberal Studies, Business and Computer Science, as well as teacher credentialing and certificates in Translation & Interpretation.  For more information on NHU, please log onto www.nhu.edu or contact Roberto Cruz II at (408) 592-3215. 


About The National Hispanic University
For 30 years, The National Hispanic University has provided Hispanic students and others with access to quality higher education. Located in San Jóse, Calif., the university offers a diverse portfolio of online and campus-based undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in business, teacher education, child development and computer science. 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.