Dr. Luis Ponjuan is an Associate Professor in Higher Education Administration in the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on male students of color academic success and college degree completion, first-generation students’ access into higher education, and the recruitment and retention of faculty members of color. He has earned research grant funding from the TG Foundation, The Greater Texas Foundation, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He was awarded the 2012 National Education Association’s New Scholar Prize, selected as a 2009 Faculty Fellow from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, and designated as a 2008 ASHE and Ford Foundation Fellow. He earned his PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Michigan, his Masters of Science from The Florida State University, and his Bachelors of Science from the University of New Orleans. He was born in La Habana, Cuba and is a first-generation college graduate.