Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today nominated Guillermo Linares as President of Higher Education Services Corporation. As New York State’s student financial aid agency, HESC is a national leader in providing need-based grant and scholarship awards to hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers every year. The nomination requires confirmation by the State Senate.
"Guillermo Linares has spent decades in public service fighting to improve the lives of New Yorkers and expand access to education for all," Governor Cuomo said. "We're thrilled to have him join this administration and head this agency at such a critical time. I look forward to working with him to continue to move New York forward and make access to higher education a reality for all working and middle class students."
Guillermo Linares said, "I am honored to be nominated by Governor Cuomo to serve as President of HESC. The Governor has put forward a bold vision to make college affordable for New York's working- and middle-class families. From reducing the burden of student debt and incentivizing on time graduation to providing New Yorkers with the skills they need to succeed, I look forward to working with Governor Cuomo to realize all students’ dreams of higher education."
For more than 40 years, Mr. Linares has remained committed to improving access to public education. As President of HESC, Mr. Linares will oversee the Board of Trustees and HESC’s core programs, including the Tuition Assistance Program, the highly successful College Savings program, and numerous state scholarships including STEM and federal college access grants.
Mr. Linares’ advocacy began while he worked as a school teacher in Washington Heights, where he served on the local school board for three terms. Soon after witnessing the need for more active involvement, Mr. Linares helped establish the Community Association of Progressive Dominicans, the Puerto Rican/Latino Education Round Table, and the Parents Coalition for Education in New York City. Mr. Linares was also instrumental in the founding of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute at City College, the Audubon Partnership for Economic Development and the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Mr. Linares has also held numerous positions in state and local government, previously serving in the New York City Council from 1991 to 2001. He also served in the New York State Assembly, representing Washington Heights, Inwood and Marble Hill in Northern Manhattan. Mr. Linares served as Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs from 2004-2009, where he worked to bridge the gap between New York City Government and immigrant communities to increase access to city information and services.
In 1995, Mr. Linares was tapped to serve as a member of the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. He was also appointed Chair of this initiative by President Bill Clinton in 1999.
Mr. Linares received a BA and MS from City College and a professional diploma in administration and supervision from Fordham University. He holds a PhD in education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
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