District director of international programs retires

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By Ashley Luis

Eduardo Conrado, director of international programs for the Alamo Community College District, retired Jan. 31 after a 45-year career in education. 

Conrado, 65, was the director of international programs for 14 years. In the last five years, Conrado obtained and administered $8 million for international programs development, according to information provided by that office.

Conrado was unavailable for an interview because he is on vacation in Nicaragua.

Federico Zaragoza, vice chancellor for workforce development, is assuming Conrado’s duties until a replacement is found.

A national search will be conducted and is expected to take two to three months.

“We are not waiting per se, just that it will take a while to replace him as he was at the director level,” said Mark Hagen, coordinator of international programs.

Applicants must have exposure to international education, be fluent in two or more languages and have a strong belief in globalization, which is an understanding of interaction around the globe.

“We will deeply miss Dr. Conrado and his incredible leadership here at the ACCD,” Mark Hagen, coordinator of international programs, said.

The office of international programs oversees the short-term and long-term program of studying abroad for ACCD students, international student recruitment and globalizing or integrating global issues into the curriculum.

Because of extensive travels to Europe, Asia and Africa, Conrado gained exposure to international educational systems.

In 1982, Conrado was the director of the Center for International Programs at El Paso Community College, where he implemented programs sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development. 

These included training and scholarship programs with Nicaragua, Panama and other Central American countries.

Conrado was the former executive director and founder of the International Consortium for Educational and Economic Development, which helps educational institutions in Mexico, Canada and the U.S. develop and share resources and projects.

Conrado also helped launch economic development efforts in South Texas and Northern Mexico. 

The U.S. Agency of International Development made 30 grants for an eight-year, $50 million effort involving U.S. and Mexican funding and universities.

This grant gave an extensive permanent boost to this district by providing international job training experience.

“Hundreds of students from the district and from abroad have benefited from his wisdom and caring,” Hagen said.

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