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For over two decades, Dr. Angel B Pérez has worked to realize his belief that diversity and academic excellence go hand-in-hand, and that every young person who aspires to higher education should have the opportunity to achieve. His work echoes his own story. Growing up poor in Puerto Rico and the South Bronx, he went on to graduate from, and lead, some of America’s most prestigious educational institutions. A recognized thought-leader on issues of equity and access in American education, Angel is a tireless champion for underrepresented communities and a creative advocate for reform. Named by a Forbes article in 2019 as the most influential voice in college admissions, Angel strives to build an educational ecosystem that better represents today’s America.
In his current role as Chief Executive Officer of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), Angel is the key advocate and ambassador for 15,000 admissions and counseling professionals committed to helping young people achieve their goals through postsecondary education access worldwide. Angel works with the NACAC staff, board, and membership to expand access to higher education through policy, advocacy, convening, education, and training, and is the primary voice of the association to government, media, and global partners.
Prior to joining NACAC in July 2020, Angel served in secondary and higher education leadership positions across America, most recently, as Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success at Trinity College in Connecticut. His transformative leadership and program reforms resulted in the most diverse classes ever, with more students of color, first-generation, low-income, and international students, as well as surges in academic quality, yield, campus culture, and retention.
Angel’s passion for teaching led him to serve as a faculty member at Trinity’s Educational Studies Department and UCLA’s College Counseling Certification Program. In addition, he was a visiting international faculty member at Rikkyo University in Japan. He has served as a Trustee at the Berkshire School, United World College in Costa Rica, Hartford Youth Scholars, Tuition Exchange, and was elected the youngest Chair of Diversity in the history of Skidmore College’s alumni association.
Angel’s expertise has been sought by key policy influencers. In 2016, the Governor of Connecticut appointed him to the New England Board of Higher Education, and he was chosen by the Gates Foundation and NASFAA to serve on Forward50, a group of higher education leaders presenting solutions to Congress. He also served as a Fellow at the Bowen Institute for Higher Education Policy. In 2019, the New York Times Magazine profiled his own story in a cover feature, and he is a frequent contributor and commentator in media outlets, including the Washington Post, NPR, CBS Evening News, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.
He holds a B.S. from Skidmore College, an M.A. from Columbia University, a PhD from Claremont Graduate University, and a Teaching Certification in Higher Education Pedagogy from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard University.
Dr. Angel B. Pérez is frequently called upon by academic and media outlets to lend his voice on issues of higher education, college access, and success. Below you will find a brief selection of his articles, interviews and quotes.
Inside Higher Ed
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education
Parents League Review
The New England Journal of Higher Education
The Washington Post
The New England Journal of Higher Education
The Huffington Post: College
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Inside Higher Ed
The Los Angeles Times
WTNH News 8
The New York Times
The Admissions Leadership Podcast
National Associate for College Admission Counseling Podcast
WNPR Radio Interview
CBS Evening News Interview
Hartford Business Journal Interview
Photo Credit: Maureen Grabowski. Dr. Pérez with students in his Design Thinking course at Trinity College
Student Success for a New Generation
National Partnership for Educational Access Conference - Boston, MA
April 17, 2020
Anticipating Student Demographic Shifts
Association of Governing Boards - Washington DC
April 7, 2020
Bending the Arc of Human Potential
ASU & Global Silicon Valley Summit - San Diego, CA
April 1, 2020
The Future of Education and Human Capital
Arizona State University - Phoenix, AZ
January 14, 2020
The Journey to Higher Education
Cambridge School of Westin - Boston, MA
January 6, 2020
Hack the Gates: A Conversation with Paul Tough
National Education Association - Washington, DC
November 8, 2019
Social Mobility Through Education: A Conversation with Paul Tough
Trinity College - Hartford, CT
November 5, 2019
Cultivating Student Access and Success for a New Generation
Reach Higher Conference, Bridgewater State University - Bridgewater, MA
August 19, 2019
American Higher Education: An Industry & Nation at a Crossroads
Higher Education Consultants Association - Warwick, RI
June 19, 2019
The Future of Affirmative Action
Yale University Leadership Conference - New Haven, CT
April 5, 2019
The Future of Work
United World College, Singapore
March 18, 2019
The Challenges Facing Private Colleges
Inside Higher Ed Leadership Series - Washington DC
November 15, 2018
The University in Modern Society
Global Liberal Arts Program of Rikkyo University - Tokyo, Japan
Designing Student Success for a New Generation
Penn State University - Lemont Furnace, PA
June 7, 2018
Liberal Arts: Education for a Global Future
Office of Education USA/Fulbright - Kathmandu, Nepal
April 4, 2018
Photo Credit: The New York Times. Speaking about affirmative action in higher education at The New York Times.
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"All of my years working with students from all over the globe have taught me that talent is universal, but opportunity is not. Education and political leaders must ensure that all students are given opportunities to succeed. This isn't a social justice issue, it's an issue of international prosperity. Any time a nation leaves some of its citizens behind, we all lose."
(Quote from Pérez Keynote Speech at the Consortium on High Achievement and Success)