Francisco Marmolejo

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Francisco Marmolejo
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Born 1961
Nationality Mexican
Alma mater Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí
Occupation International educator
Known for Tertiary Education Coordinator, World Bank
Board member of UANL, UASLP, World Education Services
Spouse(s) Olivia G. Cossio

Francisco Marmolejo (born 1961) is an international educational administrator. Since 2012, he is the Tertiary Education Coordinator and Lead Tertiary Education Specialist of the World Bank.

Early life and education[edit]

Francisco Marmolejo was born in Ojuelos in Mexico. He graduated from the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (UASLP) in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in business administration with emphasis in Agri-business. He received a master's degree in business administration from UASLP, and later conducted doctoral work in Organizational Administration at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Career in university administration and international education[edit]

Marmolejo started his career at UASLP; from 1981 to 1983, he served as Manager of the Experimental Agriculture Station "Las Delicias", and from 1983 to 1987 he worked as Assistant Administrative Dean at the School of Agriculture. In 1989, he was appointed Head of the MBA Program at the Universidad de las Américas (UDLA) in Mexico City, where later he served as Vice President for Academic Programs (1990–92) and Vice President for Administration and Finances (1992–94). During his tenure, UDLA obtained accreditation in the United States granted by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

From 1994 to 1995, he was the first Mexican educator serving as a Fellow of the American Council on Education.[1] He did his fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst.[2]

At the end of his ACE Fellowship, he was appointed as founding Executive Director of CONAHEC, the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, a network of more than 160 colleges and universities from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico where he served until 2012. CONAHEC is the largest and an influential international collaborative higher education network in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) region.[3][4] CONAHEC is headquartered at the University of Arizona, where Marmolejo also served as Assistant Vice President for Western Hemispheric Programs, Affiliated Researcher at the Center for the Study of Higher Education [5] and Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Latin American Studies.[6]

Marmolejo is or has been member of advisory and governing boards in various institutions and organizations including the External Advisory Boards at the University of Nuevo Leon (UANL), the University of San Luis Potosí (UASLP), Universidad de Guadalajara, the Mexican Consortium of Universities (CUMEX), the Mexican Association of International Education (AMPEI)[1], WES: World Education Services, and the Compostela Group of Universities. He has been member of the Commission of International Initiatives at the American Council on Education,[7] and of the Board of Directors at NAFSA: Association of International Educators.[8][9]

Marmolejo has consulted for universities and governments in different parts of the world, and has been part of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and World Bank international peer review teams of experts conducting evaluations of higher education in Europe,[10] Latin America,[11][12] Africa, the Middle East and Asia.[13]

He participates in international higher education conferences delivering presentations and lectures on internationalization of higher education and higher education trends. Marmolejo has authored and co-authored articles on the same topics [14][15] and chapters in books.[16]

He was actively involved in the creation of the Network of International Education Associations (NIEA) which brings together the leaders of the most important international education associations of the world. At NIEA he served as member of the Board.

In 2014, the University of San Luis Potosi UASLP awarded him the Honorary Doctorate Degree for his contribution to international education.[17]

Francisco Marmolejo is married to Olivia G. Cossio. They have three sons, Francisco Jr., Jose, and Juan.


  1. ^ "ACE Fellows Program". Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  2. ^ Report from the Chancellor of UMass:
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  5. ^ Faculty Roster at CSHE-UofA
  6. ^ Directory of Affiliate Faculty at CLAS-UofA
  7. ^ "ACE | Commission on Internationalization and Global Engagement". Archived from the original on 2006-01-17. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  8. ^ NAFSA Press Release 1
  9. ^ NAFSA Press Release 2
  10. ^,3343,en_2649_35961291_35602979_1_1_1_1,00.html Review in Valencia and Canary Islands in Spain
  11. ^,3343,en_2649_35961291_35602979_1_1_1_1,00.html Review in Nuevo Leon, Mexico and Parana, Brazil
  12. ^,3343,en_33873108_39418658_42223801_1_1_1_1,00.html#1 Review in Chile
  13. ^,3343,en_2649_39263238_38864842_1_1_1_1,00.html Review in Kazakhstan
  14. ^ Article published in "Higher Education Policy"
  15. ^ Proceedings of the UNESCO 2006 Global Education Forum
  16. ^ 2008 OECD Book on Demographics and Higher Education. Co-author of chapter on Migration and Education
  17. ^ Gallery of Recipients of Honorary Doctorate Degrees from UASLP

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