From Brooklyn to Broadway, the University of the Incarnate Word’s 25 Years with Dr. Louis J. Agnese Jr.
Biography of a South Texas educator and San Antonio legend
When Lou Agnese was hired as the eighth president of Incarnate Word College in 1985, he was one of the youngest university presidents in the United States. At thirty-three, the Brooklyn native faced the daunting challenge of reviving an institution with a shrinking enrollment and an uncertain future whose student demographics were out of step with San Antonio. Having served more than three decades as president of the University of the Incarnate Word, Agnese, as a local business leader recently observed, has transformed the educational landscape of South Texas.
Patricia Watkins, retired vice president for international affairs at UIW, mixes humor with an insider’s keen eye for details. She provides an insightful look into how Agnese, over a quarter century, transformed a small college best known for being located across from a popular eatery on Broadway in San Antonio into a financially robust international center of learning.
Today the University of the Incarnate Word, as it has been known since 1996, has campuses in Texas, China, and Mexico. It is the largest Catholic university in Texas and the state’s fourth largest private college. It is no. 1 nationally among faith-based universities in the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics and no. 2 among all private universities.
“Lou Agnese has an indomitable personality. I only hope to become as successful at accomplishing my dreams as he has been at his. ”
— David Robinson, NBA Hall of Fame member
“Lou Agnese could very well be the most creative and dynamic college president in the United States today.”
— Lionel Sosa
“Lou Agnese and Incarnate Word have created the model of how a twenty-first century university can drive urban progress. Incarnate Word has become a powerful example of the imperative of higher education in metropolitan advances.”
— Henry Cisneros, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Price: $26.95
- Pages: 218
- Size: 6 x 9
- Published: Nov 2011
- Status: Out of print
- ISBN: 9781893271609