OLLU announces hiring of 10th president

Our Lady of the Lake University’s 10th president will be Abel Antonio Chávez, PhD, a successful leader with a unique blend of higher education, business, engineering and global research experience. 

He will begin his work at OLLU on July 16, following eight years at Western Colorado University where he is currently serving as Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success and previously serving as Dean of Graduate Studies.

Dr. Chávez possesses a wealth of experience in higher education and business. An Associate Professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability, he has served Western Colorado as Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. Before entering academia, Dr. Chávez founded a consulting company in Denver and worked as an engineer in a Denver suburb. 

He is no stranger to Texas. In the early 2000s, Dr. Chávez served as a project manager for Anheuser-Busch in Houston and Dow Chemical in Freeport. He also served an international business residency in Beijing and Singapore before transitioning to the higher education field.

“Dr. Chávez brings a record of outstanding leadership in higher education to Our Lady of the Lake University,” said Paul Olivier, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “He also brings strong business skills and great experience. He is the right person to move OLLU forward.”