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Dr. Andy S. Gomez recently retired as Special Assistant for International Affairs at the University of Miami in Florida. In this role, Dr. Gomez served as the university’s liaison between the international business community and the diplomatic communities. He served as Assistant Provost for Planning, Institutional Research and Assessment from 2005-2012. In this capacity Dr. Gomez was responsible for the continuous academic improvement of all university wide programs. He also served on the Southern association of Colleges and Universities (SACS) Board of Trustees from 2008-2012. At the University of Miami, Dr. Gomez also served as Dean of the School of International Studies, 2001 – 2004. Upon retirement, Dr. Gomez was bestowed the highest honor given by the University of Miami, The Presidential Medal.
Dr. Gomez is considered an academic scholar in Cuban studies. He currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the University of Miami’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies. His research agenda focuses on the ideological and psychological reconstruction of human values and attitudes in a post-Castro Cuba. Dr. Gomez also teaches several courses at the University of Miami, including “Cuba after Castro” and “The Cuban Revolution.” Dr. Gomez lectures extensively on Cuba’s transition at many national and international conferences, government seminars, and serves as a consultant on Cuba issues to ABC News. He served as a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy program (Cuba) at the Brookings Institution from 2008-2010.
Before joining the University of Miami, Dr. Gomez served as the Undersecretary of Education and Chief of Staff at the Executive Office of Education, in Boston, MA (1991 – 1994). Prior to his time in Massachusetts, Dr. Gomez served in several capacities at the University of Houston, including Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Special Assistant to the President, Executive Director of University Relations, Special Assistant to the Chancellor, and Assistant Professor of Public Administration (1984 – 1991).
Dr. Gomez received his Doctor of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University (1993), a Master’s in Education also from Harvard University (1991), a Master’s in Public Administration from Florida International University (1978), and his B.A. in International Studies at the University of Miami (1976). In addition, he has certificates in management and leadership from Harvard’s School of Education and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Dr. Gomez also served as a delegate to the last Organization of American States (OAS) conference in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He serves on the Board of Directors of American Student Assistance; the City of Coral Gables Budget and Audit Advisory Committee; the University of Miami’s representative to the Board of Directors of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Directors of the Coral Gables Foundation. Additionally, Dr. Gomez was recently selected as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in South Florida.