Southwestern University Trustee
Ernesto Nieto ’64
Ernesto Nieto is the president and founder of the National Hispanic Institute, an international nonprofit organization that, for over 35 years, has served the future leadership needs of the Hispanic community. The largest Hispanic youth organization in the country, NHI conducts independent research focused on leadership and educational development; collaborates with K-12 schools, colleges, and universities; and annually works with over 3,000 high-achieving young people and their families.
Mr. Nieto, a former trustee at DePaul University, received the George I. Sánchez Memorial Award from the National Education Association in 2013. He recently was received as a member of the Woodrow Wilson International Fellows program at Princeton University.
Ernesto graduated from Southwestern with a BSE degree in 1964 and in 1994 was honored with Southwestern’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He received a doctoral degree of humane letters from Texas Wesleyan University in 1993 and from Austin College in 2011. Previously he served on the Southwestern Board of Visitors.