Juan “Kiko” Suarez ’14

Dr. Juan “Kiko” Suarez ’14 (PhD, GSLC) has been appointed Chief Academic Officer at Huntington Junior College in Huntington, WV. The appointment was made by HJC President Fred Fransen and is an important step in positioning the college for future success. As Chief Academic Officer, Suarez is tasked with growing the college’s academic offerings based on the needs of the local business community and national trends. This is a newly-created position.

“We are incredibly fortunate to bring Dr. Suarez on board, and are especially excited to draw on his expertise in competency-based learning and credentialing,” said Fransen.

Suarez said that joining HJC aligns with his mission of providing opportunities to others. “I am excited to work with the excellent staff and leadership team at HJC to create pathways for learners that will lead to further education and employment,” said Suarez. “My vision is to create a learner-centered, affordable, transformative, and scalable competency-based college that benefits students, employers, and communities.”

Read Dr. Suarez’s dissertation Wise by Design: A Wisdom-Based Framework for Innovation and Organizational Design and its Potential Application in the Future of Higher Education here.