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Madison College Leader Earns National Fellowship


Madison College’s Dr. Ramon Ortiz has been named to the list of Leadership Program Fellows by the National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC).

Ortiz, who is the Associate Dean in the School of Arts and Sciences at Madison College as well as the Vice President of Nuestro Mundo, has been a powerful voice in the community. He is a native Madisonian with an MBA in finance and a Ph.D. in educational leadership. He was named to Madison365’s Sí Se Puede list — our list of the most powerful Latinos in Wisconsin — in 2016.

Ortiz, who led a panel discussion on immigration policy during the Wisconsin Leadership Summit last October, has been vocal about educating people about Latinos’ long history in the United States. He often talks about how not only is he not an immigrant, but he traces his roots in the United States back longer than most whites.

Ortiz joins 23 other dynamic Hispanic community college administrators from around the country on the list of the 2019 NCCHC Leadership Fellows. The program is hosted by the School of Leadership and Educational Sciences at the University of San Diego and the goal is to develop more Latinos in positions of community college administration.

“Preparing strong leaders for the future is the primary purpose of the National Community College Hispanic Council’s Leadership Fellows Program,” NCCHC President Robert Vela said in a press release. “A demographic shift is occurring in the United States and we are preparing new leaders who can model the way for the growing Hispanic population in our community colleges serve. Through this program, Fellows gain the necessary knowledge and skills they need to lead higher education into the future and positively impact the economic and civic success of their respective communities.”

The Leadership Fellows Program includes two residential training seminars, one of which begins in residence at the University of San Diego.

The NCCHC says that 12 of the 60 Latino community college CEO’s nationwide are former Fellows and during the last two years at least 62 known former Fellows were promoted