One of the highest-ranking women in higher education, Cecilia Preciado de Burciaga earned her B.A. in 1968 from California State University at Fullerton. While teaching high school and adult education, she completed her master’s degree. After taking a position with the U.S Commision on Civil Rights in Washington, D.C., she returned to California as an assistant to the president and provost for Chicano affairs at Stanford University. In 1985, she became associate dean of graduate studies at Stanford, making her the top Hispanic in higher education. Active in the advancement of Hispanics and women, Burciaga has served on the Board of Trustees of the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, N.J., and the Committee on Minority Graduate Education. (Photo Courtesy of
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