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Dr. Antonio Flores
On February 26, 1996, Antonio R. Flores became the third president and chief executive officer of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). Established in December 1986 with 18 founding members, HACU is a national organization that represents more than 400 colleges and universities that collectively serve two-thirds of the more than 2.3 million Hispanic students in U.S. higher education across 32 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Prior to his position at HACU, Flores served as director of programs and services for the Michigan Higher Education Assistance Authority and the Michigan Higher Education Student Loan Authority. During his tenure as president of HACU, the association has nearly tripled its membership and its budget, expanded its programs three-fold, significantly improved legislation for HSIs, increased annual federal funding for HSIs from $12 million in fiscal 1995 to over $220 million for fiscal 2011, and secured millions of dollars in new private funding for HSIs and associate members, including a $28 million HSI Kellogg initiative. HACU’s strategic plan calls for even greater gains for its membership in the years ahead. More than $1.7 billion in federal funding has been allocated to HSIs during Flores’ tenure. Flores is a member of numerous associations including the Washington Higher Education Secretariat, the American Educational Research Association, Independent Sector, and others concerned with the advancement of higher education. He is the Chairman of the Board of the ¡Adelante! Leadership and Scholarship Fund and past chair of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility. Flores has also served on the boards of the American Council on Education, Mexican American Cultural Center, National Hispanic Leadership Agenda and the National Commission on the Workforce of the American Hospital Association.