NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) President Steve Altman was formally recognized in San Antonio on Oct. 31 for being a member of the founding board of directors of the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU).
Altman was president of Texas A&I University, now known as Texas A&M University–Kingsville, when he joined the association's founding board of directors in 1986. HACU is now celebrating its 25th anniversary. The Oct. 31 gala formally recognized Altman and the other founding board members.
Altman notes some similarities between his former role with HACU and his current role as NSAD president. "The world of architecture and design is changing and part of our goal here at NewSchool of Architecture and Design is to help train a new generation of leaders and visionaries who come from diverse backgrounds and who can thrive in an increasingly global environment," he said.
At NSAD about 25% of the undergraduate student population is Latino, according to school data. NSAD also ranked No. 1 in awarding master's degrees in architecture to Latino/Hispanic students among other NAAB-accredited architecture schools in California, according to 2009–2010 IPEDS data.
Altman joined NSAD as its president in May 2006, bringing a wide range of academic and business experience to his new role. He has also served as president of the University of Central Florida, and he was the provost and vice president of academic affairs at Florida International University (FIU). He has held several other teaching and administrative positions at FIU and the University of Southern California (USC). He holds a doctoral degree in business management and an M.B.A. from USC. He received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from UCLA.