Dr. Adela de la Torre 

President, San Diego State University

Adela de la Torre was appointed President of San Diego State University on June 2018. She is the first woman to serve in this position. She brings with her 30 years of service in leadership roles within institutions of higher education, including the California State University system, the University of Arizona and the University of California, Davis.

Prior to her appointment as President, she served as the vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity at UC Davis. Dr. de la Torre’s research focuses on aspects of Latino community health – an area in which SDSU is a national leader.

Dr. de la Torre served as Director for the UC-Davis Center for Transnational Health for fourteen years, as chair of the UC Davis Chicana/Chicano Studies Department, as director of the Hispanic Center of Excellence in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona, and as director of the Mexican American Studies and Research Center at the University of Arizona.  Dr. de la Torre was a professor at California State University, Long Beach, and at the University of Arizona before joining UC Davis in 2002, where she became the first Latina to receive the rank of Distinguished Professor.

Dr. de la Torre earned her bachelor’s degree in the political economy of natural resources from UC Berkeley. Her master’s degree and Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics are also from UC Berkeley.

Dr. de la Torre has earned several honors and awards including Sacramento Cultural Hub’s Exceptional Women of Color Award, CAFÉ de California Executive Board’s Latina Spirit Award, and the Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association (LISTA) Latinas of Excellence Award. We look forward to honoring Dr. de la Torre with the Eagle Leadership Award at the Latino Leaders Luncheon Series on April 2, 2020.


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