Saint Mary’s Honors Outstanding Mexican Educator Brother Gustavo Ramírez Barba

Bro. Gustavo Ramirez Barba Brother Gustavo Ramírez Barba, FSC, Ed.D, Brother Visitor of North Mexico, will receive an honorary doctoral degree as the guest of honor at Saint Mary’s College of California’s annual De La Salle Week Convocation in the College Chapel.

Held on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 12:45 p.m., the Convocation is the centerpiece of a weeklong celebration of the life of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers, founder of the Christian Brothers, our Lasallian heritage and mission. During the campus-wide commemoration, Saint Mary’s students, Christian Brothers, faculty, and staff come together to increase awareness of, and celebrate, the life of Saint John Baptist de La Salle.

“Brother Gustavo Ramírez Barba is a remarkable Lasallian educator and his career as a leader in Catholic higher education is exemplary,” said Brother President Ronald Gallagher. “ His leadership reflects a commitment to academic excellence, compassionate outreach to the poor and a proven record in meeting the educational needs of more than a third of Lasallian students worldwide. He is not only an inspirational Lasallian educator, he is one of our own. Brother Gustavo earned his Master of Arts in Education from Saint Mary’s and we are proud he has returned to the College for this appropriate honor.”

Brother Gustavo’s many accomplishments in higher education include service as the Executive Secretary for the Lasallian Latin American Region, President of Universidad La Salle Noroeste, Regional Director for Mexican and Central American Universities, International Council member for the Lasallian Mission in Rome and as a Trustee for Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Brother Gustavo earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from the University of Monterrey, Mexico, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from La Salle University in México City, a Master of Arts in Education from Saint Mary’s College of California and he received a Doctorate in Education from the University of San Francisco.

In addition to the Convocation honoring Brother Gustavo Ramírez Barba, the College will celebrate the life of Saint John Baptist de La Salle with a weeklong schedule of activities, including community masses, guest speakers, meditation workshops, an alumni awards dinner, a poverty awareness 5K run and a carnival for pre-school and elementary age children.


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