University of Puerto Rico fills chancellor vacancies
SAN JUAN – The University of Puerto Rico’s (UPR) interim president, Darrel Hillman, has filled the top management positions at the institution’s 11 campuses two days after he vacated them.
The designations come about at a time when the institution is in the process of developing its budget, organizing the next academic year, and seeking the reestablishment of federal funds.
Hillman’s nominations took place hours after the campuses received a letter from the U.S. Education Department notifying that the restitution process of fund allocations was halted due to a lack of chancellors.
On Friday afternoon, however, the university’s Río Piedras campus announced it regained access to funds allocated by the U.S. Department of Education, such as Pell Grants and other financial aids, until the end of 2017.
The chancellors nominated by the interim president must be confirmed by the school’s governing board, even when serving on an interim basis.
Luis A. Ferrao Delgado was nominated for the Río Piedras campus, which has been operating without one since May 18, and Segundo Rodríguez Quilichini for the Medical-Sciences campus (RCM by its Spanish initials), to which the interim president belongs. The Mayagüez campus will have Wilma Santiago Gabrielinicomo as its head, and the Aguadilla campus will have Ivelisse Cardona Cortés. The Arecibo campus will be led by Carlos A. Andújar Rojas, and Bayamón’s will be in the hands of Miguel Vélez Rubio.
Jorge Valentín, who expressed interest in the interim presidency, was nominated as the Carolina campus chancellor. José A. Molina Cotto will be in charge of the Cayey campus, Carmen Bracero Lugo was nominated for Ponce’s campus and José Heredia Rodríguez for Utuado’s. Héctor A. Ríos Maury, who has run for other administrative posts in the Río Piedras campus, will take over the Humacao campus.
José Jiménez, Humacao’s student representative to the university board, said the next step, now that the campuses have their chancellors, will be to address the budget. He that a proposal to be presented Monday, July 24, has already been discussed by the university board and its budget committee, and will be provided for Hillman’s approval.