Founding President of the IOHE and Promulgator of International University Collaboration
The history of the IOHE could not have been written without recognizing the fundamental contribution of its founder, Gilles Boulet.
It was in the 1960s when Gilles Boulet began to reflect upon the teaching of Latin American civilizations. Later, in 1978, his interest transpired into a more concrete aspiration, i.e. when he was appointed President of the University of Quebec.
A series of meetings confirmed Gilles Boulet’s vision. The speakers at the meetings expressed immense enthusiasm about creating an organism that would respond to these needs, namely the development of a convergence space among universities in the Americas.
With the support of university leaders, Gilles Boulet decided to take the first major steps in making this become a reality. In 1979, the organisation that would unite higher education institutions in the Americas was founded, i.e. thanks to the concerted efforts of representatives from universities in Latin America, North America and Canada. During the opening congress, which was held in 1980, Gilles Boulet uttered a statement that was repeated throughout his ten year mandate:
Under the motivating leadership of its founding President, the IOHE has always geared its activities around the same theme- something which Gilles Boulet summarized with the following words:
Gilles Boulet held the position of President of the IOHE until October 1989. His commitment to the IOHE continued for many years after this, for example, by carrying out special projects for the organization. Although Gilles Boulet passed away in 1997, his vision continues to inspire the organization.
Presidents of the IOHE since 1980
Óscar Garrido, Universidad de Los Lagos, Chile
Allan Cahoon, Royal Roads University, Canada
Yoloxóchilt Bustamante Diez, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico
Marcial Rubio, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Peru
Raul Arias Lovillo, Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico
Luis Miguel Romero Fernández, Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja, Ecuador
Gerson Luiz Joner da Silveira, Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina, Brazil
Víctor A. Arredondo, Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico
Freddy Malpica Pérez, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela
Juan Carlos Romero Hicks, Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico
Luis Garita Bonilla, Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Lauro Ribas Zimmer, Universidade para o Desenvolvimento do Estado de Santa Catarina and Universidade Estácio de Sá, Brazil
Gilles Boulet (founding president), Université du Québec, Canada