Meet the Executive Committee

HETS Bylaws, as amended on 2012, dedicate its Article III to the HETS Board of Directors. On this article establishes that the affairs of the Consortium shall be managed by the Board of Directors. Each member institution may have a representative in the Board of Directors. The Executive Committee, which leads the Board of Directors, is elected by Board representatives from member institutions. The term of service is two years, commencing July 1st and ending on June 30th, or until his or her successor has been elected or designated.  Meet current HETS Executive Committee as elected on July 2018:


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Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto
Southeast Missouri State University

 Dr. Carlos Vargas became the 18th president of Southeast Missouri State University on July 1, 2015, after having served as acting president at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. He also served as the provost and vice president for academic and student affairs at Kutztown, and was the school’s chief academic officer since 2006.

Prior to his tenure at Kutztown, Dr. Vargas was at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, where he served as provost and vice president for academic affairs. He previously served in several roles at Kent State University (Ohio) for a total of 18 years, including founding director of the program on electron beam technology. He was also Kent’s associate dean for research, interim assistant dean for research, and he served as interim assistant dean for the School of Technology. He started his tenure at Kent State in 1985 as a professor, and continued to teach until his departure from the university.

Dr. Vargas began his career in higher-education at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), from which he received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics. His initial appointment was as a senior associate researcher for the Institute of Geophysics, and he later held a similar position for the University’s Institute of Physics.

He earned his Ph.D. in physics and aerospace science from the University of Michigan and he has Master of Science degrees from Michigan in physics and aerospace science.

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Dr. Carlos Morales
TCC Connect Campus of Tarrant County College (Texas)

Dr. Morales become TCC Connect’s President in 2013. Before that, he was the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Distance Education Programs at Ana G. Méndez University- Virtual Campus. As such, he provided leadership, vision and planning for the implementation of courses and programs for online delivery.

Previously he was the Executive Director of Academic Technology at Lock Haven University responsible for the delivery of online courses, the incorporation of technology for teaching and learning, faculty development, the STEP program (a student laptop initiative) and also facilitated campus conversations on academic technology. Prior to Lock Haven University, Dr. Morales was the Instructional Designer for the Center for Instructional and Technological Innovation (CITI) at New Jersey City University, responsible for instructional technology staff.

Carlos has extensive online and classroom teaching experience in the areas of: Biology, Science Teaching and Instructional Technology. He also holds professional certifications as Distance Learning Administration Professional from Texas A&M University and Certified Online Instructor (COI) from Walden University. Morales graduated from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, with bachelors and master’s degrees in Biology and Science Education, and received his doctorate, with a dissertation on Constructivist Learning Environments in Online Course Design, from Capella University. He was a Frye fellow in 2009.

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Mr. Manuel J. Fernós, Esq.
Inter American University of Puerto Rico

 Manuel J. Fernós, Esq., has been the President of Inter American University of Puerto Rico since 1999. Prior to this, he was the Chancellor of the Metropolitan Campus, Dean of Studies and Dean of the School of Law. Since 1984 he holds the rank of professor at the IAUPR’s law school.

He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Society and Educators and Scholars (since 1996), also the former President of the Association of Colleges and Private Universities in Puerto Rico (2003-2005), recently re elected as the Treasurer of HETS, former HETS Chair and Secretary, Vice President and Former Treasurer of Red Latinoamericana of Private Universities and Member of the Administrative Council of the International Association of Universities with headquarters in France since 2008. Among several national and international recognition’s along his career, must be highlighted the award from The Complutense University of Madrid with the Honorary Membership of the Comparative Law Institute.

The Salvation Army also awarded him for his leadership in education and community involvement. Fernós’ vision of Inter American University of Puerto Rico is the internalization of its academic offerings by establishing consortiums and collaborative agreements with other institutions such as: Harris Manchester College- Oxford University, Bologna University, the University of Salamanca, Complutense University of Madrid and The School of Communications in Beiging, China. In September 21, 2007 he signed the Magna Charta Universitatum.

Aware of the needs of those who work and want to begin or continue their studies leading to a degree, Fernós has taken up, as a main priority, the implementation of more than 50 distant education programs, and establishing 25 Cyber Centers in Puerto Rico and Florida, giving students a different educational opportunity for success in a highly competitive world which shrinks day in and day out.

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Eng. Gladys Nieves
EDP University

Eng. Gladys Nieves Vázquez, coursed her undergraduate studies at Syracuse University and the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus where he was awarded the degree of Bachelor of Industrial Engineering. Besides her Engineering degree, she has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Rio Piedras Campus of the University of Puerto Rico. As a young entrepreneur, she began to apply the acquired knowledge in Total Quality Management, a key experience grown during her work as an engineer at Johnson & Johnson’s plant.

In 1997, she assumed the presidency of EDP College at age 27, after the death of his father, becoming the youngest national president of a university. In 2009 she announced with her mother Gladys Vazquez conversion of the university to a nonprofit entity. Among her accomplishments as president, she had the urge to accredit the institution by Middle States and change it in 2013 from college to university, re naming the institution to EDP University of Puerto Rico. For eight years she represented the Institute of Industrial Engineers in the Disciplinary Tribunal of the College of Engineering.

Today Nieves is the Second Vice-President of the Association of Private Education of Puerto Rico; Secretary of the HETS Consortium; member of the Puerto Rico’s Universia Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors of the Association of Private Education of Puerto Rico.

Regional Representatives

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Dr. David Gómez
Hostos Community College, CUNY (New York)

The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York appointed Dr. David Gómez, a distinguished academic leader, teacher and experienced administrator, as the President of Hostos Community College. Prior to his appointment as President, Dr. Gómez served as Interim President of Hostos for one year.

Dr. Gómez was a longtime senior administrator at Kingsborough Community College before being named Interim President of Hostos Community College on July 2014. He served as interim vice president for academic affairs and provost at Kingsborough after having been vice president for academic administration, program planning and development; dean of instructional services and student support; and dean of instructional services. In addition, he has been a professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Human Services at Kingsborough Community College since 1993.

Before joining the Kingsborough administration, Dr. Gómez spent more than a decade at Hostos Community College in senior administrative positions. Among the offices he held at Hostos were Dean of the College, Interim Dean of Academic Affairs, Associate Dean of the College, and Special Assistant to the President for Management and Planning.

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East & Caribbean Representative

Dr. Gloria Baquero-Lleras
National University College

Since January 2011, Dr. Baquero, successfully serves as President of National University College of Puerto Rico. But for more than four decades, Dr. Gloria E. Baquero Lleras has been working actively in favor of the education of Puerto Rico – as both her professional and personal life project. Her devotion for education began during the 1970’s when he taught physics, chemistry and biology in different schools of the Puerto Rico’s public school system. She held various positions at Puerto Rico’s Department of Education from teacher, School Director, Assistant to the Secretary and Auxiliary Secretary of the regular program.

One of the most important professional challenges of her career was to become the Secretary of the Department of Education of Puerto Rico in 2005, the largest and most complex government agency. During her tenure conceived CASA Project – which is still operating- consisting of comprehensive schools that help potential school dropouts through expert support in the academic, social and emotional area. She has participated in important special projects as a member of the Special Committee in the Council of Higher Education of Puerto Rico for Excellence Award and was Consultant for the Municipal Educational System of San Juan in the program Respaldo Escolar (School Support Project). She has deposed on issues of curriculum planning in Latin America, and school reform in Puerto Rico to the Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos (OEI).

She was General Manager and President of Lucy López Roig and Associates and later founded her own psychological, educational and therapeutic services firm in Caguas, PR: the Instituto para el Desarrollo Profesional (Institute for Personal Development). Dr. Baquero holds a doctorate and master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Puerto Rico.

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Dr. Lorena Checa
Vice President, Student Affairs
California State University at San Marcos (California)

Vice President for Student Affairs, Lorena Checa, was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States as a young child, where she eventually became the first in her family to attend college.

VP Checa holds a PhD in Leadership Studies: Higher Education Administration, and Master’s degrees in both Business Administration Management and Education. Dr. Checa began her career at CSU San Marcos in 1990 in Enrollment Management Services and has held a variety of progressively responsible positions within Student Academic Support Services, including Associate Vice President for six years, before she assumed the role of Vice President for Student Affairs in spring 2013.

Dr. Checa’s scholarly research and professional emphasis have focused on the development of academic and personal support structures to enhance student success, with a particular emphasis on first generation, under-represented minority students.


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