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Baraya named to international academic council

Contact: Rene Abadie


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Aristedes Baraya
     HAMMOND – Aristides Baraya, director of the Southeastern Louisiana University's Hispanic Business and Leadership Institute, has been selected to serve on the National Scientific and Academic Council of the University of Distance Learning of Costa Rica.
     One of only seven members in the world asked to serve on the panel and selected from more than 170 international applicants, Baraya was named to the council based upon a year-long evaluation that looks at scientific and academic qualifications, as well as service to the Latin American community. The term on the council – which develops, revises and implements academic polices in Central America – is five years, and members may be re-elected for additional terms.
     “Dr. Baraya’s selection to serve on this prestigious international council is a testament to his dedication to expanding the horizons of international, cooperative education,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “His work over the years in bringing business professionals, educators, elected officials, entrepreneurs and others to Southeastern for specialized studies has had tremendous influence on professional development for a number of Latin American nations while also helping to expose our faculty and students to the diversity of our international economy. His efforts have helped expand international trade with Louisiana, an area vital to the state’s economic well being.”
     A native of Colombia and resident of Hammond, Baraya is a faculty member in Southeastern’s College of Business. He was the first chairman and remains a member of the board of directors of the Hispanic Business Resources and Technology Center located in Kenner.

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