Dr. Andy S. Gomez serves as Special Assistant to the President for International Affairs at the University of Miami. In this role, Gomez serves as the university’s liaison between the international business community and the diplomatic community. He served as Assistant Provost for Planning, Institutional Research and Assessment from 2005-2012. In this capacity Gomez was responsible for the continuous academic improvement of all programs university-wide. He also serves as Senior Fellow at the University of Miami’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS) where he was a co-founder. At UM, Gomez also served as Dean of the School of International Studies (2002 – 2004). He is also Adjunct Professor of Higher Education in the School of Education. Dr. Gomez’ research agenda focuses on the ideological and psychological reconstruction of human values and attitudes in a post-Castro Cuba. He also teaches several courses at UM, including Cuba after Castro and The Cuban Revolution. Gomez lectures extensively on Cuba’s transition at many national and international conferences, government seminars, and serves as a consultant on Cuba issues to ABC News. Before joining the University of Miami, Gomez served as the Undersecretary of Education and Chief of Staff at the Executive Office of Education in Boston, MA (1991 – 1994). Prior to his time in Massachusetts, he served in several capacities at the University of Houston, including Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Special Assistant to the President, Executive Director of University Relations, Special Assistant to the Chancellor, and Assistant Professor of Public Administration (1984 – 1991). Dr. Gomez received his Doctor of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University (1993), a Master’s in Education also from Harvard University (1991), a Master’s in Public Administration from Florida International University (1978), and his B.A. in International Studies at the University of Miami (1976). He serves on the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-Americas Studies (ICCAS) Advisory Board. He served as a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy program (Cuba) at the Brookings Institution from 2008-2010. Dr. Gomez also served as a delegate to the last Organization of American States (OAS) conference in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He serves on the Board of Directors of American Student Assistance as well as of The City of Coral Gables Budget and Audit Advisory Committee, and was recently selected as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in South Florida.