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九游会体育欢迎休伯特·贝尼特斯博士 担任学院第十二届院长

斯普林菲尔德马 – The 美国国际大学 (九游会体育) 董事会 is pleased to announce that Hubert Benitez, DDS, PhD, has been unanimously selected as the twelfth president of the 137-year-old institution. Benitez will succeed President Vince Maniaci who is retiring after seventeen years of service.

“我们相信博士. Benitez is a leader who embraces the mission and strategic vision of 美国国际大学. Although these are challenging times for higher education, in the institution where Dr. 贝尼特斯之前担任过主席, 他成功地扩大了招生规模,并开发了新的项目, 他提高了该机构的财务健康和可持续性. 他以团队精神做了这件事, ownership, 和问责制, 以及奉献的社区服务和参与. 正如他自己的职业道路所证明的那样. 贝尼特斯提倡多样性、公平性和包容性. 他致力于提供访问渠道, opportunity, 以及学生成功的途径,董事会主席Frank Colaccino说.

“I am extremely humbled to have been selected as 九游会体育’s new president and cannot be more excited to join an institution with such a rich history and strong commitment to access and opportunity. 我很期待和九游会体育的老师们一起工作, staff, and students, as we, together, 设想如何进一步影响我们所服务的社区. I am grateful for this opportunity and consider it the honor and privilege of my lifetime,” said Benitez.

在他最近的职位上, Benitez served as vice president for Strategic Initiatives and Academic Innovation, and as acting chief inclusion officer at Rockhurst University (RU) in Kansas City, Missouri. RU是一所综合性高等学府, 为商业领域的多样化学生提供教育课程, communications, education, engineering, healthcare, humanities, 表演及视觉艺术, science, 和数学. 在他的责任, 贝尼特斯直接监督球队的战略规划, 制度的有效性, 认证和评估, distance education/eLearning and the Prosperity Center for Financial Opportunity.

Rockhurst之前, Benitez served as president and chief executive officer for Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences for almost five years, where he provided visionary and strategic leadership that included growing and diversifying the college’s academic portfolio; promoting a culture of assessment; increasing the visibility of the institution through community presence, engagement, and outreach efforts; engaging in recruitment and enrollment management practices that increased the college’s population while meeting the needs of a new and diverse demographic of students; and implementing a financial strategy that increased the institution’s fiscal stability and outlook.

Benitez received his first doctoral degree in dentistry from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Latin America. He subsequently completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Connecticut Health Sciences Center, later earning a PhD in higher education administration from Saint Louis University’s College of Education and Public Service. Benitez is a graduate of the Institute for Educational Management (IEM) at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, and he completed the Executive Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Benitez has dedicated the last two decades to higher education as an academic and administrator, 15年前是临床医生.

许多学术组织的成员, 过去和现在的董事会和咨询委员会, Benitez currently serves on the board of directors for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City; the board of trustees for Cristo Rey Kansas City, a Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth High School; is a peer reviewer for Middle States Commission on Higher Education; is a member the Hispanic Advisory Committee for the Kansas City Public Schools; and is a member of the KC Rising Steering Committee, KC崛起组织的一个组织, composed of business and community volunteers from across the Kansas City metropolitan area who are committed to regional collaboration.  Benitez’s professional associations include the President’s Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, 美国拉美裔高等教育协会, 美国牙科协会, 金钥匙国际荣誉协会等.

除了大量出版的作品, Benitez has been a guest lecturer in the US and abroad and has been the recipient of federally and privately funded research grants. His work ethic and commitment has been recognized by Univision-Kansas City for his ongoing support for Hispanic heritage and by Universidad Piloto of Colombia for forging international and interdisciplinary exchange programs. 他一直是 拉美裔文化遗产奖 并因对社区的服务而受到特别的认可 卓越教育. His contributions to Suffolk County from the Office of Minority Affairs have been praised in addition to being selected as one of the 前25位拉丁裔维权人士 在纽约长岛.

贝尼特斯将于2022年4月11日加入九游会体育.


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