Dr. Louis J. Agnese, Jr., has been president of the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio since 1985, when he became one of the youngest presidents of a four-year institution of higher learning in the United States.
Prior to Incarnate Word, he was a vice president at Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa, where he served as spokesman for the college's institutional needs, in addition to sharing responsibility for policy, long-range planning, budget and personnel.
Dr. Agnese is the recipient of numerous professional and civic honors. He was recognized for his many contributions to higher education in San Antonio when he was chosen as the recipient of the Ford Salute to Education Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
His other honors include being named one of Five Outstanding Young Americans as well as one of Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World in 1989. The American Marketing Association also honored Dr. Agnese in 1989 by naming him the Marketing Person of the Year. He received the Humanitarian Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews in 1996.
In addition, he was named Hispanic Educator of the Year in 1996, and is a recipient of the Gold Medal in the President and Public Category of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. In 2000 he was named the Outstanding Leader in Catholic Education by the Archdiocese of San Antonio. In that year he was also the recipient of the International Leadership Award from the San Antonio Council for International Visitors.
A past board member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Dr. Agnese also is a former Chairman of the Partnership for Hope, a Rockefeller Foundation poverty project.
He has served as Chairman of the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and as Vice Chairman of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of San Antonio. Dr. Agnese currently is a board member of Adelante!-U.S. Education Leadership Fund, and serves on the executive committee of the World Affairs Council of San Antonio.
A native of New York City, Dr. Agnese is married and has two grown children.
Dr. Agnese holds the Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, he has a Master of Education in Counseling and an Education Specialist Degree in Supervision of Counseling Services, both from Gannon University in Erie, PA. He also has a Bachelor of Art in History and Psychology from St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, KS.