Mauricio Gonzalez, Ph.D. recently retired from the University of North Florida (UNF) where he served for 18 years as Vice President of Student and International Affairs. Altogether, he served for 41 years at four institutions of higher learning, including the University of Cincinnati, the University of Toledo, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Gonzalez completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Arlington, his master’s degree at the University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico, and his Ph.D. at Florida State University.
Dr. Gonzalez was a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, a recipient of a USIA Academic Specialist Grant, and a recipient of a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar Award. He was installed as a member of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars for achievements in the area of international education and exchange, and served as a member of the Discipline Advisory Committee for Fulbright Scholar awards, as well as, a Field Reviewer at the Institute of Museum Services in Washington, D.C.
He has served on countless boards over the years, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, The City of Jacksonville’s Hispanic Council, and Girl Scouts of America. In 2015, Dr. Gonzalez was the recipient of the Robert Arleigh White Award for Art Advocacy from the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and in 2017 was selected to serve as an evaluator for the Cultural Service Grant Program. Most recently, he received a courtesy appointment of Professor from the UNF Department of Art and Design.
In his spare time, Dr. Gonzalez enjoys woodworking, exercising, and traveling.