Student Profile

Hector Topete

Hector Topete

Background Information
Hector was born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. with his parents at the age of eight. After turning 18, he became a U.S. citizen and was accepted to West Point. He graduated with a Bachelors degree and a commission as an officer in the U.S. Army. Most of his assignments were as an Army pilot, commander and staff officer. He retired from the military as a Colonel in 2006. Hector has extensive academic and hands-on experience in the areas of leadership, education, training and interaction with students at every level. As a Fellow in Washington, D.C., he researched and published the report titled, “Under Representation of Hispanic-Americans in the U.S. Army’s Officer Corps: A Study of an Inverse Dynamic.” The report’s main focus relates to educational attainment by our youth, leadership by community officials, and influential actions by role models. Hector holds a Masters from Central Michigan University and is a rated military pilot in helicopters and airplanes. He is also an FAA rated commercial pilot and flight instructor, and a qualified military paratrooper and Army Ranger. Currently a doctoral candidate, he aspires to contribute in the area of educational leadership. He intends to focus in the areas of role modeling and educational attainment by our youth.

Research Interests

California's high school dropout rate.

Publications and Presentations

  1. Under Representation of Hispanic-Americans in the U.S. Army's Officer Corps: A Study of an Inverse Dynamic, Published May 1999.

  2. Various presentations and speaking engagements in the last 30 years.