- Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Hometown: Burke, Virginia
Time Spent in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions: 16 years
Juan serves as Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment and Degree Management and Director of Admissions. In his previous role, Juan served as an Assistant Vice Provost and led international admission and recruitment efforts.
Since his appointment, Juan has led the team in Undergraduate Admissions to reinvent the admissions model at Virginia Tech. These innovative changes have included the introduction of two new shared application platforms (Coalition and the Common Application), self-reported academic records, a new holistic application review process, and an early action option for applicants. These changes have made the application process more accessible and easier to navigate. It has also led to a record number of underrepresented/underserved students.
In 2016, the governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe appointed Juan to serve on the Virginia Latino Advisory board to help advise him on issues and advocacy opportunities for Latino constituents. He was reappointed to this role in 2018 and is currently serving Governor Ralph Northam.
Juan also currently serves as President of VALHEN, the largest non-profit in the Commonwealth of Virginia that focuses on higher education for Latinos. With over 1000 members across various colleges, universities, and community groups, it focuses on making a college education a reality for every Hispanic student. It's flagship program, the Hispanic College Institute was recognized by the Obama Administration as a bright spot in Latino education. In 2019, VALHEN received the Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service award as an outstanding community organization.
In 2018, Juan was elected by his peers to the Board of Directors for the Coalition. The Coalition is a group of more than 140 distinguished colleges and universities across the U.S. that joined together to focus on college access, affordability, and student success.
Juan received two bachelor's degrees in political science and public and urban affairs from Virginia Tech. He received a master's degree in corporate and professional communication from Radford University. Juan is an avid traveler and has visited over 85 different countries.