Sylvia López-Jorge was appointed interim president of Albizu University on September 23, 2015. She is a certified public accountant who has worked for the university for the past 17 years.
López-Jorge graduated from the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Puerto Rico in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She then worked as accounting supervisor at the CPA firm of Suárez, Fortuño, Diez & Co. After that, she spent two years as comptroller for Seps & Neg’s, a San Juan printing company.
In 1998, she began her work at Albizu University as assistant to the vice president for finance and administration. She then was appointed director of finance for the Community Mental Health Clinic on the San Juan campus and went on to be named the executive director of finance and administration of the university.
During López-Jorge’s years at Albizu University, she has played a significant role in budget preparation and employee and faculty hiring, as well as in the development of projects such as the Albizu Clinics and the continuing education programs. These experiences have given her a thorough knowledge of the institution’s administrative processes.
Now, on the threshold of Albizu University’s 50th anniversary, López-Jorge will be at the helm of the institution through an important transitional period.
"I have been given the task of commanding this great ‘ship,’” she said to the academic community upon her appointment as interim president. “And this is indeed a great responsibility because our ship ‘transports’ one of the most valuable treasures of our society. And specifically it carries the tools and resources to train the professionals who will dedicate themselves to the field of mental health, thus bettering the quality of life of Hispanics around the world. These are the psychologists and therapists, the educators and humanists, the counselors, researchers, and clinicians who are being educated under the standards of the highest order."