'Visionary’ educator honored by San Antonio Chamber


Chamber officials recognized former UIW President Louis Agnese as a San Antonio visionary.   Contributed photo

A professor whose tenure includes three decades of service at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) was lauded by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce in a Feb. 7 breakfast at St. Anthony’s Hotel.

Chamber officials recognized former UIW President Louis Agnese as a San Antonio visionary with “immeasurable impact on our city,” according to a news release.

“The leadership this president gave UIW is something I have never seen before,” former Clear Channel Communications executive Lowry Mays said. “Nothing ever stops Lou or the University of the Incarnate Word. The momentum is just too great. I just wish there were 20 more of Lou Agnese in San Antonio.”

Henry Bonilla, a former congressman for the state’s 23rd district, agreed with the Chamber’s assessment of Agnese as a visionary.

“Back in the day when Lou would say he wanted to increase enrollment and have campuses around the globe, everybody would wince,” Bonilla said. “But that has all happened since he came to Incarnate Word.”

In his acceptance speech, Agnese, a Brooklyn native, noted the university has fostered diversity in higher education by bringing Hispanics into pharmacy programs in across America.

“I’m a proud Texan,” Agnese said. “We should be proud that we are the gateway to America today like how New York was the gateway to America in the past.”

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