Current Leadership

Nila Wiese
Nila Wiese smiling
  • Role: Professor of International Business, School of Business and Leadership and Latin American Studies Program
  • Research focus: My teaching and research are centered on issues related to international business strategy in emerging markets, with a geographic focus on Latin America. My current research is in the areas of innovation in emerging economies, especially innovations that advance social and environmental sustainability; migration and entrepreneurship; and the effects of social and cultural differences on leadership and management practices
  • Hometown: I was born and lived in Honduras for 25 years. After studying and working in the US for a decade, I lived in Japan and Honduras for a few years before joining University of Puget Sound in 2003. I have called Tacoma home for the past twenty years.
  • What I love about Puget Sound: I love the energy, curiosity, and collaborative engagement that allows everyone in the Puget Sound community (students, faculty, and staff) to seek innovative and just solutions to local and global problems.
  • What I would like to learn from students: Their interests and challenges, and how I can best support their college experiences. I would also like to understand what kind of local and global communities they envision and aspire to build through impactful citizenship.
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Lorna Hernandez Jarvis
Lorna Hernandez Jarvis
  • Role: Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity at Puget Sound
  • Research focus: I am a psychologist, and was a professor of psychology for over 24 years prior to becoming VP for Institutional Equity and Diversity at Puget Sound. My research focuses on psycholinguistics, how children develop language, with an emphasis on bilingualism and bilingual education. I have also engaged in investigating the effects of acculturation and ethnic identity in psychological well-being in adolescents. I also have expertise in diversity education and Intergroup Dialogue. For the past 10 years I have worked as a university administrator in the area of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.
  • Hometown: I was born in Cambridge, MA, but grew up in Mexico in a small city called Tepic in the State of Nayarit (which I call my hometown). I moved back to the USA to finish college and continued on to earn a PhD. in Psychology. I moved to the Pacific Northwest 5 years ago, and joined Puget Sound in July 2021.
  • What I love about Puget Sound: Its commitment to social justice and to empower students through education to be agents of positive transformation in the communities they live in.
  • What I would like to learn from students: I would love to learn from students and have them visit me in the office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, as a companion and support in their education journey.