Dr. Fernando Soriano, who founded the National Latino Research Center (NLRC) in 1997 and moved it to California State University San Marcos in 1999, has resigned as its director, effective November 1, 2001. Dr. Soriano said leaving the half-time position will allow him to focus on his teaching and administrative duties on the campus as well as his research responsibilities.
Dr. Soriano continues as director of the Human Development Program within the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a member of several national committees, including the Race and Ethnic Affiliation Committee of the U.S. Census Bureau and the Institutional Review Group of the Centers for Disease Control. He also participates in campus committees and is responsible for advising several hundred students enrolled in the Human Development Program.
"It is clear that I cannot provide NLRC with the leadership it needs," he said, "while fulfilling all of my other responsibilities. I need to be more realistic about my ability to meet all of my obligations."
For the short term, the Center will be administered by Dr. Pat Worden, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs for Research and Graduate Studies. Worden emphasized that the NLRC would continue to be a "very important activity" of the campus.
University President Dr. Alexander Gonzalez agreed. "Under Dr. Soriano's leadership the National Latino Research Center has become a vital university asset. We wish Dr. Soriano every success in his new projects. We expect the Center to continue its mission to promote greater awareness and research on the unique needs and characteristics of the Latino community," he said.
The National Latino Research Center was established in 1997 to promote scientific research, training, and the exchange of information related to Latino populations in the United States. In addition to its role as a national clearinghouse for empirically based publications and databases, the NLRC works to promote greater awareness and research on the unique needs and characteristics of the Latino community.