UM Names Andy Gomez Interim Director of ICCAS

By UM News

UM Names Andy Gomez Interim Director of ICCAS

By UM News
Gomez, an expert on human values and attitudes in post-Castro Cuba, will serve as interim director of Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies effective August 15, 2017.

The University of Miami is pleased to announce that Andy Gomez, a respected community leader and former assistant provost and senior fellow at UM’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS), will serve as interim director of ICCAS effective August 15, 2017.

Gomez, an expert on human values and attitudes in post-Castro Cuba, was presented the University’s President’s Medal when he retired in 2012. He continues to be a much sought after media expert on Cuba and Cuban-American relations.

“I’m humbled to be named interim director of such an important institute, and will work tirelessly to continue the University’s focus on Cuban and Cuban-American studies and research,” said Gomez, who was an original founding member of ICCAS.

ICCAS has been operating at the University of Miami since 1999 and is housed on campus in the Casa Bacardi building.

As a committed leader in the field of Cuban studies, the University of Miami will conduct an extensive search to identify and hire an accomplished scholar in Cuban and Cuban-American studies to continue the research and partnerships housed at Casa Bacardi. Gomez will also serve as an advisor to the University in this area.

Casa Bacardi plays a significant role in both promoting greater understanding of contemporary Cuban issues and serving as a gathering place for the Cuban-American community, which will provide valuable input on this important search.