About Santos Rivera
Dr. Rivera heads Perez, Rivera & Associates, a practice specializing in the development, management and assessment of initiatives for diversification in higher education and policy related issues and community development. Dr. Rivera has more than 35 years in higher education retiring from Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) as Emeritus Senior Executive.
His leadership experience includes senior-level administrative positions and teaching and developing a graduate program in educational leadership.
A specialist in Latino higher education and leadership, he has written and lectured nationally and
internationally in culturally integrated leadership thoughts, and practices promoting innovation and the development of initiatives integrating the academy and the community-at-large for a collective purpose.
Rivera is the recipient of numerous regional and national awards and fellowships among them being honored as Aurora University’s 2002 Distinguished Alumni of the Year, NEIU’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Union Institute Graduate School’s Distinguished Trustee Fellow.
In 2019, Dr. Rivera completed a 10-year trustee appointment to the Illinois Board of Higher Education.