Appointed interim President at Albizu University
Sylvia López-Jorge, who was appointed interim President at Albizu University on September 23, is a certified public accountant who has been working in this institution for the past seventeen years.
She graduated in 1992 with a bachelor degree in accounting from the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Puerto Rico. She then worked as accounting supervisor at the CPA firm of Suárez, Fortuño, Diez & Co. In 1996 she worked for two years as Comptroller in Sep´s & Neg´s.
In 1998 she began her work at Albizu University as Assistant to the Vice President for Finance and Administration. She then was appointed as Director of Finance at the Community Mental Health Clinic, Inc. Until a few days ago she was the Executive Director of Finance and Administration at the university.
During her seventeen years at Albizu University she has a played a significant role in preparing the budget and hiring the employees and faculty, as well as in the development of projects such as the Albizu Clinics and the continuing education programs. These experiences have given her a thorough knowledge of the institution´s administrative processes.
Now, in the framework of the celebration of its 50th anniversary, she will be at the helm of Albizu University through a very important transitional period. The university has campuses in San Juan and Miami, and a University Center in Mayagüez.
"I have been given the task of commanding this great ´ship.´ And this is indeed a great responsibility because our ship ´transports´ one of the most valuable treasures of our society. And specifically it carries the tools and resources to train the professionals who will dedicate themselves to the field of mental health thus bettering the quality of life of Hispanics around the world. These are the psychologists and therapists, the educators and humanists, the counselors, researchers and clinicians who are being educated under the standards of the highest order," said López-Jorge to the academic community.
Albizu University was the first private institution of higher learning to offer professional specialized studies, at the Master degree level, in Clinical Psychology. It was also the first one to be accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). It has also been the only institution in Puerto Rico to receive the Example of Excelencia award by the well-known Hispanic Excellence in Education organization, based in Washington, D. C. The university´s Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology is among the 195 programs that currently exist in 22 states in the nation. Its faculty is mostly composed by professors with a Ph.D. or terminal degree and specialists in mental health.
Albizu University has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. It has also been licensed by the Commission for Independent Education (CIE), an organization of the State of Florida, and by the Council of Education of Puerto Rico. It is the first secular institution of higher education, regionally accredited, to establish a campus in continental United States. Since its founding in 1966, the university has served as the main source of psychologists in Puerto Rico. It is also the third institution of higher education in the United States and its territories with the largest number of Hispanic students pursuing a doctoral degree. Its headquarters are located on the 6th floor of the González Padín building in Old San Juan.
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