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Andy Gomez Named Interim Director of ICCAS


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    Andy Gomez

    Andy Gomez

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 13, 2017)–Former Assistant Provost Andy Gomez, a respected community leader and founding member of UM’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS), has been appointed interim director of ICCAS, effective August 15.

    Gomez, an expert on human values and attitudes in post-Castro Cuba who received the President’s Medal when he retired in 2012, continues to be a much sought-after media expert on Cuba and Cuban-American relations.

    “I’m humbled to be named interim director of such an important institute and will work tirelessly to continue the University’s focus on Cuban and Cuban-American studies and research,” Gomez said.

    Gomez replaces Jaime Suchlicki, ICCAS’s longtime director, who is leaving the university August 15 after 50 years of service to UM. In searching for Suchlicki’s replacement, the University will look for an accomplished scholar in Cuban and Cuban-American studies who can continue the research and partnerships Suchlicki began at Casa Bacardi, ICCAS’s home since 2003.

    “The University thanks Jaime Suchlicki for his extraordinary service to the University and the Miami community,” UM President Julio Frenk said. “He has dedicated his career to the study of Cuba and has shared his wealth of expertise with generations of students, scholars and members of our community.”

    Casa Bacardi plays a significant role in promoting greater understanding of contemporary Cuban issues and serves as a gathering place for the Cuban-American community, which will provide valuable input on the search.

    During his previous tenure at UM, Gomez served as a special assistant for international affairs and as the University’s liaison between the international business and diplomatic communities. He served as assistant provost for planning, institutional research and assessment from 2005 to 2012, and dean of the School of International Studies from 2001 to 2004. He taught courses on Cuba, the Cuban Revolution, and Cuba after Castro, and focused his research on the ideological and psychological reconstruction of human values and attitudes in a post-Castro Cuba.

    Named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in South Florida by Latino Leaders, Gomez also served as a nonresident senior fellow in the foreign policy program (Cuba) at the Brookings Institution from 2008 to 2010.

    He received a doctorate of education in administration, planning and social policy and a master’s in education from Harvard University; a master’s in public administration from Florida International University; and his B.A. in international studies from UM. In addition, he holds certificates in management and leadership from Harvard’s School of Education and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

     

     

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