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

4/18/2019 — Washington, DC

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​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.-Mexico Higher 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 31 college 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 relationship to 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, director of regional education initiatives for the 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.


Jo Ellen Parker
Vice President for Communications
Council of Independent Colleges
One Dupont Circle, Suite 320
Washington, DC 20036

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 Marketing

Campbell 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 Education
North Park University (IL)
Richard Kohng, Director of Civic Engagement, Catalyst Hub
Mary K. Surridge, President
Gregor Thuswaldner, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Olivet 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 Director

Universidad 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’s contributions 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.