The National Hispanic University (NHU) announced today that Gladys Ato, Psy.D., has been named the university's new provost. In this role, Dr. Ato will help advance NHU's teaching
and learning environment as well as develop new initiatives that support the university's mission and vision that every student will graduate. She will also oversee academic programs, including curricula, academic policy development and deployment, and academic integrity.
"I am thrilled and honored to join the NHU familia. I look forward to working with the students, alumni, faculty and staff to strengthen the university's national reputation and fulfill its promise to help our students reach their full potential as college graduates and become leaders in their respective communities," said Dr. Ato.
Dr. Ato most recently served as chief academic officer and vice president of academic affairs at Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area, overseeing the undergraduate and graduate academic programs. Prior to joining Argosy, she held several clinical positions throughout the Bay Area including in early childhood education centers, secondary schools, and at San Francisco General Hospital through the University of California, San Francisco.
"Dr. Ato brings with her a wealth of online and campus-based higher education experience as well as a commitment to serving a multicultural community," said Dr. David P. Lopez, president of NHU. "Her experience and leadership will help guide us as we continue to address and enhance the postsecondary education needs of diverse communities nationwide. I am pleased to welcome Dr. Ato to NHU."
Currently, Dr. Ato serves as the board president of the Instituto Familiar de la Raza in San Francisco and the board vice president of the Kids' Turn organization in San Francisco. She is a highly involved member of the Hispanic community, having provided therapy, consultation, assessment, crisis intervention, and case management services primarily to low-income, underserved individuals. Dr. Ato holds a Psy.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Baylor University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego.
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