Second U.S.–Mexico Higher Education Summit Hosted By CIC




WASHINGTON, DC — The Council of Independent Colleges, in collaboration with the Mexican Federation of Private Higher Education Institutions (FIMPES) and Santander Universidades and Universia, is hosting a second U.S.-MexicoHigher Education Summit in Chicago, Illinois, on April 24–27, 2019.

Summit events will take place at five CIC member institutions in the Chicago area: DePaul

University, Dominican University, North Central College, North Park University, and Rockford University. A delegation of 23 Mexican rectors and senior campus colleagues will participate, as will 31college presidents and senior leaders from 23 CIC member colleges and universities. 


The Summit will emphasize the importance of international exchange in today’s “America First” political climate. CIC President Richard Ekman noted, “In the current climate of constrained international cooperation, CIC reaffirms the importance of international exchange for the preparation of informed citizens and responsible global participants. Our Mexican neighbors have a special relationshipto colleges in the U.S.” The Summit follows five years during which delegations of Mexican rectors participated in CIC’s annual Presidents Institute, the largest annual gathering of college and university presidents in the U.S., and an inaugural Summit held in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2017.


Roberta S. Jacobson, former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico; Antonio Cuesta, Acting Consul General of Mexico in Chicago; Margaret B. Hug, Regional Education Initiatives Director, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State; and Rebeca Vargas, president and CEO, U.S.-Mexico Leaders Network are expected to address the Summit.


Session topics include innovation in internationalization, the status of student and faculty exchange programs, cross-border articulation agreements, the nature of global leadership, and the situation of undocumented students. Participants will also explore joint summer programs and other forms of educational and scholarly partnership and possibilities for association-to-association partnerships.


As a result of the Summit, participants intend to provide enhanced exchange opportunities for students and faculty members in both countries; provide students with increased access to internships in Mexico and the United States; and allow faculty members and students to collaborate in shared research projects and development programs.


Contact: Jo Ellen Parker
Vice President for Communications Council of Independent Colleges One Dupont Circle, Suite 320 Washington, DC 20036 202-466-7230



Summit Sponsors:

Associated Colleges of Illinois
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Consulate General of Mexico, Chicago Hunter Global Education, LLC

Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Mexican Federation of Private Institutions of Higher Education (FIMPES) Santander Universidades and Universia
U.S.-Mexico Foundation


Summit Participants:

Albright Stonebridge Group (DC)

Roberta S. Jacobson, Senior Advisor

Ashland University (OH)

Carlos Campo, President

Associated Colleges of Illinois (IL)

Mick Weltman, Executive Director

Augustana College (IL)

Steven C. Bahls, President
Liz Nino, Director of International Recruitment, Interim Director of International Student Life
Baker & McKenzie LLP (IL)
F. Miguel Noyola, Partner
California Lutheran University (CA)
Chris Kimball, President
Matthew Ward, Vice President for Enrollment Management and MarketingCampbell University (NC)
J. Bradley Creed, President
CETYS University (Mexico)
Jessica Ibarra Ramonet, President, Universidad Zona Costa
Gabriela Rivera, Special Initiatives for the President
Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago (IL)
Antonio Cuesta, Acting Consul General
Mario Eduardo Gastélum, Coordinator, Educational Affairs

Culver-Stockton College (MO)

Kelly M. Thompson, President

DePaul University (IL)

GianMario Besana, Associate Provost for Global Engagement and Online Learning Amado Gabriel Esteban, President
Guillermo Vásquez de Velasco, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Art, Media, and Design

Dominican University (IL)

Jeffrey Carlson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Theology
Donna M. Carroll, President
Roberto Curci, Dean, Brennan School of Business

Drew University (NJ)

MaryAnn Baenninger, President

Hunter Global Education, LLC (NC)

William J. Carroll, President
Elsie Yuan, Vice President
Instituto de Estudios Superiores del Bajio (Mexico)
Joel Aguirre, Rector
James S. Kemper Foundation (IL)
Jerry Fuller, President
Jarvis Christian College (TX)
Lester C. Newman, President
Lewis University (IL)
David J. Livingston, President
Roman Ortega, Executive Director, Office of International Affairs
Mexican Federation of Private Institutions of Higher Education (FIMPES) (Mexico)
Sonia Bacha Baz, Accreditation System Director
Rodrigo Guerra Botello, Secretary General
Eugenia Bolaños Vargas, Accreditation System Coordinator
Mount St. Joseph University (OH)
Diana Davis, Provost
H. James Williams, President
National Louis University (IL)
Nivine Megahed, President
North Central College (IL)
Troy D. Hammond, President
Jesus Velasco, International Student Advisor, Center for Global EducationNorth Park University (IL)

Richard Kohng, Director of Civic Engagement, Catalyst Hub Mary K. Surridge, President
Gregor Thuswaldner, Dean, College of Arts and SciencesOlivet College (MI)

Steven M. Corey, President
Maria G. Davis, Provost and Dean of the College
Rockford University (IL)
Eric W. Fulcomer, President
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (IN)
Dottie L. King, President
Santander Universidades and Universia (Mexico)
Arturo Cherbowski Lask, Director
St. Augustine College (IL)
Reyes Gonzalez, President
Stillman College (AL)
Cynthia Warrick, President
U.S. Department of State (DC)
Margaret B. Hug, Regional Education Initiatives Director, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
Universidad Anáhuac Querétaro (Mexico)
Luis Eduardo Alverde Montemayor, Rector
Universidad Cristóbal Colón (Mexico)
José Manuel Asún Jordán, President
Universidad de Monterrey (Mexico)
Carlos Eduardo Basurto Meza, Provost and Acting President
Universidad Fray Luca Paccioli (Mexico)
Erik Domínguez Guzmán, Rector
Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla (Mexico)
Ana Karen Barragán Fernández, Executive Assistant to the University President and Member, FIMPES Internationalization Commission
Fernando Fernández Font, S.J., President
Lilia María Velez Iglesias, Vice President
Universidad Internacional de la Paz (Mexico)
Miguel G. Albañez Espinoza, Rector
Maria del Carmen Rodriguez Ruvalcaba, Vice Rector
Universidad La Salle Nezahualcóyotl (Mexico)
Andrés Govela Gutierrez, Rector
Universidad La Salle Noroeste (Mexico)
Salvador Valle Gámez, Rector
Universidad Latina de América (Mexico)

Ada Sandoval-Madrid, Director of Internationalization
Mariana Sosa Olmeda, Rector
Universidad Panamericana Guadalajara (Mexico)
José Antonio Esquivias Romero, President, Guadalajara Campus Leoncio Monjarás Wintergerst, International Affairs DirectorUniversidad Panamericana Bonaterra Campus (Mexico)Jeannine Patricia Dalma Tena, Secretary General

Gabriel Domínguez García Villalobos, Rector

Universidad Riviera (Mexico)

Roberto Mantilla Sahagún, Rector

Universidad Vasco de Quiroga (Mexico)

R. Jacqueline Murillo Ruiz, International Affairs Director and Member, FIMPES Internationalization Commission
Raúl Martínez Rubio, Rector
U.S.-Mexico Leaders Network (NY)

Rebeca Vargas, President and CEO

Valparaiso University (IL)

Mark A. Heckler, President

Virginia Wesleyan University (VA)

Scott D. Miller, President


The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 765 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’scontributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions to improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. CIC conducts the largest annual conferences of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers. CIC also provides support to state associations that organize programs and generate contributions for private colleges and universities. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.


FIMPES is the largest network of private universities in Mexico. It was created in 1982 and hosts 108 prestigious universities that serve different socioeconomic sectors in all areas of Mexico. They enroll more than 650,000 students. FIMPES seeks to support institutional quality, in terms of the academic program that its members offer, and to encourage collaboration between affiliated universities and higher education institutions from other countries.

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