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Sept. 26, 2011


Carlos Nevarez
Director, Doctorate in Educational Leadership

Photo: Greg Wheeler
Carlos Nevarez was invited to take part in NBC's second annual Education Nation Summit.

Carlos Nevarez can pinpoint the classroom encounter that changed his life.

"I was mesmerized by my history professor's (Dr. Robert Elam) lectures at Modesto Junior College and wondered what I needed to get where he's at," Nevarez says.

The inspired son of Mexican immigrants, who became the first in his family to earn a college degree at Fresno State, completed his master's and doctorate degrees at Arizona State University. His Ph.D. was paid for by a Kellogg Foundation fellowship, which Nevarez won amid national competition.

That's quite a transformation from the Modesto native who was more interested in sports than in hitting the books as a high school student. Nevarez's academic awakening made him a firm believer in the transformative value of schooling, particularly as it applies to effective educational leadership.

A nationally recognized leader, Nevarez was invited to be a part of NBC's second annual Education Nation Summit, Sept. 25-27, billed as "the biggest, most far-reaching media platform supporting education in the country." It follows the network's first-of-its-kind initiative to begin a national conversation about the state of this country's educational system. His 2007 College Board report, "Latinos in Education," was cited several times during last year's initial summit.

On Oct. 2, he heads for CSU San Bernardino, where he will be part of a live town-hall meeting hosted by Telemundo's news anchor, Jose Diaz-Balart, during his public affairs program "Enfoque." The program's purpose is to motivate low-income Latino families to send their children to college.

Nevarez has co-authored one book on community college leadership and is nearing completion on a second one, which focuses on skills that work. As a community college graduate, Nevarez credits the solid foundation he received there for his success. He still teaches a course in transformational leadership at Sacramento State, even though his primary responsibility is running the University's first doctoral program in Educational Leadership.

Created in 2007, the program is designed for working professionals who aspire to become education leaders. The intensive classes are structured on Fridays and Saturdays year-round to accommodate their schedules and provide a timely completion of their doctorate.

Nevarez came to Sac State 10 years ago as an assistant professor. He taught a full load of classes and helped develop three graduate programs: a masters, a joint doctoral effort with UC Davis and Sonoma State, with Sac State launching its own Ed.D. program in 2008. After a national search, he was tabbed as director of the program that produced its first graduating class in 2010.

As one who was motivated to make the most of his potential, Carlos Nevarez is no less determined to advocate for others who might not have the opportunity to excel. His mission is to fuse theory and practice so that educational leaders never lose sight of the motivation that prompted them to enter the profession.

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