New rector-elect at TEC has strong U.S. academic roots

The rector-elect, Julio Calvo Alvarado, celebrates with his wife, María Elena Rodríguez. Photo: Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica

A forestry scientist with strong academic links to the United States is the new rector of the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica.

He is Julio Calvo Alvarado, who was elected Thursday by the university’s community, including students, in a runoff. He defeated Dagoberto Arias Aguilar. The rector is basically the president of the institution. He will serve for the next four years. The institution has its primary campus in Cartago. It is one of the Costa Rican public universities. It is known informally as TEC.

Calvo, 53, has worked at the school for 33 years. He has received a number of honors as a distinguished researcher and professor.

He received his undergraduate training as a forestry engineer at the same university and then went to the State University of New York at Syracuse, New York, for a master’s and then received his doctorate at North Carolina State University in Raleigh in 1991.

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