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Dr. Alvaro Romo, B.A., M.A., Ed.D.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Dr. Alvaro Romo, B.A., M.A., Ed.D.

Dr. Alvaro Romo is a Senior Fellow of New Westminster College. He graduated with high honors at the University of Texas, Austin, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics and his Master of Arts degree in Applied Linguistics, and holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of Houston.

Dr. Romo has a distinguished record of ethical leadership and presently serves as Secretary General-elect of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), a global organization with a membership of approximately 600 university Presidents from some 70 different countries all over the world. He previously served as Secretary General-elect of the IAUP from 1984 to 1987, as Secretary General for six years, from 1987 to 1993, as Special Assistant to the President from 1993 to 1996 and as Vice President from 1999 to 2002. He was again Secretary General of the IAUP from 2005 to 2008, and is Vice President for the period 2008-2011. He was Director of Institutional Advancement at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara (UAG), the oldest private university in Mexico from 1999 to 2003.

For over 20 years Dr. Romo was Director of International Programs at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara. He also served as Dean of Graduate Studies of that institution for 17 years. Prior to that, he was the founder and head of the Language Department (1966-1968) and of the School of Linguistics (1971-1974) of UAG. His teaching career has covered a span of over 30 years, mainly in the areas of Education, International Education and Linguistics.

From 1993 to 1998 Dr. Romo was the Coordinator of International Programs of the University of Houston System, the third largest public university system in Texas and the leading provider of higher education and advanced research for Houston and the upper Texas Gulf Coast. While in this position, Dr. Romo provided contacts worldwide and facilitated 25 new and important collaboration agreements for the University of Houston System with universities around the world.

Dr. Romo has been active for more than 35 years in the development of international educational opportunities including mobility and exchange programs for students and faculty. He has established a worldwide network that is a very valuable asset for universities, university systems, associations of universities or governmental entities to create linkages and to facilitate academic exchange and cooperation. He has been a consultant and adviser to numerous international organizations and has served as member of the Board of the major global and regional associations of universities and international education organizations. He is a consultant to universities in the area of international education.

He has been a visiting professor and lecturer in universities in Japan, Brazil, the USA, Mexico, and other parts of the world. He has been recognized with academic awards and honorary appointments and degrees. He holds three honorary doctorates: one from Brazil (Catholic University of Petropolis), one from Russia (Penza State University) and one from the United States (Indiana State University), as well as honorary professorships from various parts of the world. The IAUP has granted him several awards for his distinguished service to this global association. He has been a lecturer and speaker in countless academic conferences and professional meetings throughout the world and has published in international journals connected with the field of international education.

As a Senior Fellow of New Westminster College, Dr. Alvaro Romo is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.


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