Dr. Ana M. Guzmán
Dr. Ana Margarita “Cha” Guzmán was appointed president of Santa Fe Community College in July 2012. The SFCC Governing Board unanimously selected her after an extensive national search. She is the seventh president of the college.
Dr. Guzmán previously served as president of Palo Alto College, a post she held for more than 10 years. A native of Cuba, she has been in educational administration for more than 30 years and is a leading voice for Hispanic Americans in education.
Under Dr. Guzmán’s leadership, Palo Alto College experienced record enrollments and became a key economic engine of the South Side of San Antonio. At SFCC, the new president has announced several new initiatives, including establishing a Center for Academic Transitions, focusing on retention and graduation and supporting student transition to bachelor’s and master’s degrees through the college’s Higher Education Center.
Dr. Guzmán serves on the Governing Board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities. The U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Guzmán in June 2011 to a four-year term on the National Security Education Board. The 13-member panel develops criteria for scholarships and grants for students who express an interest in national security issues or a career in a national security position. She recently served on the Board of Trustees of the College Board, a nonprofit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity.
In 2010, NBC News invited Dr. Guzmán to participate at the Education Nation Summit, a groundbreaking conversation about the state of education in America. She was honored with the Ford Salute to Education in 2005 and was named to the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame in 2006.
Dr. Guzmán served as a Senior Adviser to Education Secretary Richard Riley during the Clinton administration. While at the Education Department, she promoted access to education for the Hispanic community. She served as the chair of President Clinton’s White House Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans from 1993 to 2000 and was responsible for the development of Our Nation on the Fault Line: Hispanic American Education.
Dr. Guzmán holds an Ed.D. in Education from the University of Houston, an M.A. in Sociology from Texas Southern University in Houston, and a B.S. in Education from Stout State University in Wisconsin.
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