Associate Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator

"The USF System is proud to be a welcoming university. We support an inclusive campus culture, and we collaborate with representatives of the LGBT community to achieve equal educational and employment opportunity together for a better Florida."

Dr. Jose E. Hernandez has been serving since July 2013 as Associate Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator for the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity at University of South Florida System which includes USF Tampa, USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota/Manatee.

From 2008 through 2013 he served as Associate Provost for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He has completed a total of 29 years in faculty and administrative positions in higher education including USF Mc Nair Scholars Program Coordinator, faculty member at Bethune-Cookman University from 1987 through 2000 and distance learning instructor for St. Leo University.

Dr. Hernandez was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Chief Diversity Officers (NADOHE) for 2016-2019. He is the USF institutional affiliate of Excelencia in Education. He serves in the leadership council of the Hillsborough College Access Network and previously served in the Board of Directors for Phoenix Employment Ministry of Wilmington North Carolina.

Jose has received numerous awards including the 2016 Florida Multicultural Leadership Award from the Florida Diversity Council. He has received leadership awards from the USF Latin Community Advisory Committee and the Tampa Hispanic Heritage. He received the President’s Award from Bethune-Cookman University in 1993 & 1998. And he has been recognized in every organization he has served.

He earned the doctorate in education at the University of Central Florida; the master’s degree in counseling and the bachelor’s degree in psychology both from Florida State University. He completed his first year of college at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. Dr. Hernandez has been a Florida licensed mental health counselor since 1985. He is native of Habana, Cuba.