AAHHE Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award

Sponsored by The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

The AAHHE Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award is given to an outstanding administrator in the field of higher education who has demonstrated excellence in academe and its related professions.


2021 Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award Recipient

Ann Quiroz Gates, PhD
Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs
University of Texas, El Paso


Ann Quiroz Gates, PhD is the vice provost of Faculty Affairs at the University of Texas at El Paso. She joined the UTEP faculty as an assistant professor of computer science in 1994 and was promoted to professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science in 2005. She served as associate vice president for research and sponsored projects from 2008 to 2012, then returned to her position as department chair until 2019. Gates earned a doctoral degree in computer science from New Mexico State University, a master’s degree in computer science from UTEP, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and biology from UTEP.

Gates has directed the NSF CREST–funded CyberShARE Center of Excellence (2007 -2020). The Center’s mission is to advance collaborative and interdisciplinary education and research through cyber–enhanced technologies that support the acquisition, exchange, analysis, and integration of data, information, and knowledge. Gates was a founding member of the NSF Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure; served on the Board of Governors of IEEE–Computer Society 2004–2009; past member of the Naval Research Advisory Committee (2016–2018); past member of the AAAS Committee on Opportunities in Science (2014–2017); and past member of the Computer Science Accreditation Board (2011–2013).  She currently serves on the State University of New York Research Council. Read more…


List of past recipients of the Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award:

  • 2020 Chon Noriega
  • 2019 Mildred Garcia
  • 2018 Nora R. Garza
  • 2017 James E. Brenneman
  • 2016 Dr. Ted Martinez Jr.
  • 2015 Havidán Rodríguez
  • 2014 David López
  • 2014 Tomás Morales
  • 2013 Norma L. Hernandez
  • 2012 J. Michael Ortiz
  • 2011 Leonardo de la Garza
  • 2011 Shirley Reed
  • 2010 Milton A. Gordon
  • 2009 Dolores M. Fernandez
  • 2008 Silas H. Abrego
  • 2007 Diana Natalicio and Ernest H. Moreno
  • 2006 José Jaime Rivera
  • 2005 Blandina Cardenas and Miguel A. Nevarez
  • 2004 Estela López
  • 2003 B. Roberto Cruz
  • 2002 Margarita Benitez
  • 2001 Douglas X. Patiño
  • 2000 Cecilia L. Lopez
  • 1999 Jesús Rangel
  • 1998 Celestino Fernández
  • 1997 Eduardo Padrón
  • 1996 Lattie F. Coor
  • 1995 Victor Alicea
  • 1994 Juliet García
  • 1993 José González
  • 1992 Manuel Pacheco
  • 1991 Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr.
  • 1990 Not awarded
  • 1989 Jaime Escalante
  • 1988 Tomás Arciniega
  • 1987 Arturo Madrid