Former Mexican Cabinet Member to Discuss 'Leadership in Public Life'

April 9, 2008
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by Rebekah Hardage, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

Baylor University's Academy for Leader Development and Civic Engagement will host Dr. Juan Hernandez from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in Kayser Auditorium in Baylor's Hankamer School of Business.

Dr. Hernandez's presentation on "Leadership in Public Life" will be the conclusion of the Leadership Lecture Series for the spring semester.

In 2001, Hernandez was appointed as the first United States-born cabinet member to the Mexican government under President Vicente Fox. He headed the president's office for Mexicans Abroad, whose main objective was to serve the 24 million Mexican citizens living in foreign countries.

Born in Fort Worth to a Mexican father and an American mother, Hernandez holds dual citizenship in the United States and Mexico. He received his undergraduate degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisc., and his master's and doctorate from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

Hernandez has been a professor at several universities, including the University of Texas-Dallas, where he created a Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies. In 1996, Hernandez facilitated an historical meeting between Vicente Fox and then-governor George W. Bush which marked a new outlook on U.S.-Mexican relations.

In 2001, Hernandez was named Humanitarian Man of 2001 by Latin Trade magazine and was listed among the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business magazine. He also serves as a contributor to Univisión, CNN, and Fox News.

Hernandez is the author of The New American Pioneers: Why Are We Afraid of Mexican Immigrants?, which will be on sale at the lecture for $20.

Yazmin Mancilla, a junior political science major from Tyler with a strong interest in immigration, works with the Waco Community Race Relations coalition and will introduce Dr. Hernandez's lecture, which will be followed by an audience-engaging Q&A session.

"Dr. Hernandez is a prominent individual and his lecture will give Baylor students and faculty an opportunity to be exposed to a variety of perspectives and ideas about the world," said Melissa Gruver, graduate assistant in the Academy for Leader Development & Civic Engagement.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The schedule for the Leadership Lecture Series is available online at

For more information, contact Gruver at

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