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WMU's Fierro joins state Hispanic and Latino commission

by John Greenhoe

July 19, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Jeorge Fierro, WMU.
KALAMAZOO--Jeorge Fierro, director of outreach and special programs for Extended University Programs at Western Michigan University, has been selected to join a commission dedicated to developing a unified policy and plan of action to serve the needs of Michigan's Hispanic and Latino communities.

Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Fierro to the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan. Also joining Fierro as new commission members are Gilberto Guevara, Julio Morales and Milinda Ysasi-Castanon.

"This highly qualified group of individuals will put their knowledge and experience to use as they identify issues and action plans with Michigan's Hispanic/Latino community," Snyder said.

Fierro has served WMU in a variety of roles for more than 20 years, arriving as an admissions counselor in 1990. He was later appointed director of academic advising for the WMU College of Aviation, then director of WMU's regional location in Benton Harbor, a position he held before taking on his current role last year. As director of outreach and special programs, Fierro now develops regional programs to support key populations, including military personnel and migrant workers. Since 2006, Fierro has also served as a part-time instructor in the WMU Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

During his WMU career, Fierro has spent much of his time working with high schools and community colleges as well as prospective students and their parents. He is well versed in the University's admissions, academic and transfer policies and procedures, and has developed and implemented curriculum transfer partnerships with several community colleges.

Fierro earned a bachelor's degree in criminology from Michigan State and Grand Valley State universities in 1977 and a master's degree in family and consumer sciences from WMU in 2005. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership from WMU. In addition to his WMU pursuits, Fierro is active in the community, serving as the president of the Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary.

Fierro's appointment to the Hispanic/Latino Commission is for three years, expiring Dec. 10, 2013, and is subject to the approval of the Michigan Senate.