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Nov. 18, 2003
DH-03 TK 070
Contact: Thomas Knox
(310) 243-3367
tknox@csudh.edu



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA ADVISORY

CSU Dominguez Hills President Named to Board of Directors for Hispanic Educational Telecommunication Systems

CARSON, Calif: – California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) President James E. Lyons, Sr. has been appointed to serve as vice president of the board overseeing bilingual distance learning for Hispanic Educational Telecommunication System (HETS), a consortium composed of 18 universities. He joins university presidents in Puerto Rico and New York appointed to preside over bilingual education for HETS. Lyons will serve a two-year term.

Lyons is in his fourth year as president of CSUDH where Hispanics represent more than 35 percent of the student body. He has a long history of working with bilingual higher education students. Before earning his doctorate in professional higher education administration from the University of Connecticut and a master of arts degree in student personnel, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish at the university.

“CSUDH has been an active participant in HETS,” Lyons said. “We enjoy working with our colleagues and providing opportunities for our students. We should all be proud of the fact that our distance learning programs are being discussed all over the country.”

HETS is a telecommunications consortium that serves the higher education needs of Hispanic communities in the United States through bilingual distance learning. HETS was founded in 1993 by colleges and universities in California, New York, Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and New Mexico. HETS headquarters are in the Inter American University of Puerto Rico.

Member universities in HETS develop online courses and workshops that advance networking and enhanced learning. The members often collaborate in the development of programs in fields including communications, nursing, criminal justice and Latin American studies.

Please visit the CSUDH Web site at http://www.csudh.edu for information on curriculum and activities on campus. For more information on HETS, contact Nitza Hernandez, executive director at (787) 766-1912, ext 2221 or visit http://www.hets.org.

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