Dr. John Lopez is special assistant to the president and chief administrative officer at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). In this role, he oversees finance and accounting, human resources, information services, and continues to serve as the director of the WICHE State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (W-SARA). His work experiences include deputy director of NC-SARA during its transition to a 501(c)(3) organization, managing research and planning, information technology, and government affairs at a large private corporation, institutional research at the University of Arizona, and staff in the Nebraska Legislature. Lopez earned his PhD in higher education specializing in management and policy from the University of Arizona. His hobbies include golf and philanthropic work in his native country of Belize.