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Friday, Oct. 11, 2013

UCSD's Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies gets new management team as director leaves for Stanford post

       The University of California San Diego's Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies is putting in place a new management team as former Director Alberto Díaz Cayeros has taken a new post at Stanford University.

        Melissa Floca, the former chief operating officer of a Mexican microfinance institution, is the center's chief operating officer and also has the title of associate director, Dean Peter Cowhey of the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies said in a news letter. He said more management team members will be named and hired.

       alberto diaz cayerosDiaz-Cayeros has become a Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies fellow at Stanford and a political science professor. He previously taught at Stanford and UCLA. Cowhey cited how Díaz began the center's Mexico Mexico Moving ForwardMoving Forward event in 2011; the next one, on March 6, 2014, is to focus on the North American Free Trade Agreement's 20th anniversary. Cowhey said Díaz-Cayeros, since he became director in 2009, "expanded the research portfolio into critical public policy issue areas, notably public health and security," among many other things.

       Cowhey said a new strategic plan will be unveiled for the center next year, dovetailing with UCSD's strategic planning process under new Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla.

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