Office of the President

Since its founding in 1925, the University of Miami's extraordinary progress has been spearheaded by visionary presidents who embraced the dream of developing a world-class university in South Florida.

Main Office: 230 Ashe Building, 1252 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables | Phone: (305) 284-5155 | Contact Information

Julio Frenk


(305) 284-5155
A fourth-generation physician whose paternal grandparents fled Germany in the early 1930s to build a new life in Mexico, Julio Frenk catalyzed his deep gratitude for the kindness of strangers into a lifelong mission to improve the health, education, and well-being of people around the world. Dr. Frenk became the sixth...

Jeffrey Duerk

Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost

Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Jeffrey L. Duerk is the University of Miami's chief academic officer, with appointing and oversight authority concerning the deans of the 11 schools and colleges, as well as the senior administrators involved with research, undergraduate and graduate education, and other academic...

Jacqueline A. Travisano

Executive Vice President for Business and Finance and Chief Operating Officer

(305) 284-6100
Jacqueline A. Travisano is the Executive Vice President for Business and Finance and Chief Operating Officer of the University of Miami (UM), nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top 50 universities in the country. With deep expertise in running complex organizations, she serves as the executive...

Rudy Fernandez

Executive Vice President for External Affairs and Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff

(305) 284-4330
Rudy Fernandez serves as executive vice president for external affairs and strategic initiatives and chief of staff at the University of Miami. Fernandez has a unique role with broad leadership scope, which includes responsibility for the Board of Trustees office, University system-wide communications—including UHealth—and...

Jacqueline R. Menendez

Vice President, Communications

(305) 284-5505
Jacqueline R. Menendez, the former village manager of Key Biscayne, became the University of Miami’s vice president for university communications in June 2007. A UM alumna who received a broadcast journalism degree, Menendez has managed communications in a number of roles in her career: as a news reporter, as a Miami-Dade County...

Patricia A. Whitely

Senior Vice President, Student Affairs

(305) 284-4922
Dr. Patricia A. Whitely began her service as the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Miami (UM) in 1997. She leads 21 departments and areas that directly provide programs, services, and facilities that better the present and future Miami Hurricane experience. Dr. Whitely has both a passion and skill for crisis...

Maite Alvarez

Associate Vice President, Local Government Relations and Deputy Chief of Staff

(305) 284-6282
Maite Alvarez joined the University of Miami in October 2007. She currently serves as Associate Vice President of Government Relations and Deputy Chief of Staff to the President. In the role of Associate Vice President of Government Relations, she is a representative of the University to local government entities and community organizations and...

Adriana Verdeja

Executive Director of Government and Community Relations

(305) 284-8740
Adriana Verdeja has worked in higher education for more than a decade, serving in various roles from fundraising as senior director of Development, to deputy chief of staff to the president, and currently as executive director of Government and Community Relations.  Throughout her fundraising career, she raised more than $50 million for...

Annette M Herrera

Assistant Vice President, Communications

(305) 284-2246

Alicia W. Blatchford

Administrative Manager to the President

(305) 284-5155

Viena Perez

Executive Director, Public Affairs

(305) 284-3792

Vivian Donis Romero

Director, Presidential Correspondence

(305) 284-8399

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