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Ernesto Nieto

President & Founder

  • Native of Houston, Texas
  • Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, Texas Wesleyan University
  • Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, Austin College
  • M.Ed., Special Education, University of Houston

  • BS, Education, Southwestern University

  • Distinguished Alumnus, Southwestern University

  • Distinguished Alumnus, Northside High School (formerly Jefferson Davis High School)

  • Visiting Fellow, Council of Independent Colleges

  • Human and Civil Rights Award, National Education Association

  • Recognized by the National Association for College Admissions Counseling

  • Mayor’s Excellence Award, the Association for Hispanic Municipal Officials

  • Recognition Award, Texas State Teachers Association

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Gloria de Leon

Co-Founder & Executive Vice President

  • Native of McAllen, Texas
  • Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, Texas Wesleyan University

  • Doctor of Humane Letter, honoris causa, Austin College

  • BA, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (formerly University of Texas Pan American)

  • Distinguished Alumna, University of Texas-Pan American

  • Recognized by the National Association for College Admissions Counseling

  • Woman of Distinction, Girl Scouts of Texas

  • Community Advisor, Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc., University of Texas at Austin Chapter

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K. Nicole Nieto

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President

  • Native of Austin, Texas
  • MBA, University of Texas at Austin
  • MBA, El Instituto Tecnol√≥gico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
  • BA, Latin American Studies, Vassar College

  • NHI Alumna (LDZ '86)

OUTREACH MARKETS
Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Panama

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Julio Irving Cotto

Senior Vice President

  • Native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • MLA, Humanities, St. Edward’s University
  • BA, Latin American Studies and Philosophy, Boston University
  • NHI Alumnus (LDZ '97, CLN'00, '01, JFL '99, '00, '01)

OUTREACH MARKETS
Texas - Corpus Christi, El Paso, Houston, Laredo, Rio Grande Valley, Tip of Texas (Cameron County), South Texas, West Texas
East Coast (US) - New York,  New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, New England, Florida
P
uerto Rico 

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Chris Nieto

Senior Vice President

  • Native of Austin, Texas

  • BA, Southwestern University

  • NHI Alumnus (LDZ '90, CWS '91, CLN '94 & '96, JFL Intern '96)

OUTREACH MARKETS
Texas  - Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio
California, Colorado, Southwest, West Coast 
(US), Southeast

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES
Collegiate World Series, Collegiate Services, HS Senior Services

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P.O. Box 220
Maxwell, Texas 78656

+1 (512) 357-6137


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