Faculty and Administration

Faculty and Administration

We prepare career-minded individuals through quality education, while encouraging student’s personal self-enrichment for their personal and professional development.

UNIR International University has a policy for maintaining a pool of qualified professors able to teach the courses related to the programs offered.

Faculty hiring procedures are based on the joint recognition by all members of UNIR International University staff that responsibility for selecting faculty from a pool of qualified applicants is shared cooperatively by the faculty, the administration, and the Board of Trustees participating effectively in all phases of the hiring process. Hiring procedures for full-time and adjunct faculty are designed to ensure the hiring of faculty who are:

  • Expert in their subject areas,
  • Skilled in teaching and serving the needs of a varied student population,
  • Capable of enhancing UNIR’s overall education effectiveness, and
  • Sensitive to and representative of the ethnic and cultural diversity of the student’s population.


Chancellor / President

Palacios, Omar

  • Doctor Honoris Causa, Alonso de Ojeda University, Venezuela
  • M.Ed. Master in Higher Education Management, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Morbi leo risus
  • MBA Master of Business Administration, Adolfo Ibanez School of Management Magíster Scientiarium en Planificación y Gerencia, Universidad Del Zulia, Venezuela
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education, Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia, Tunja, Colombia

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Moreno, Maria Marleny

  • Master of Arts in Education, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education, Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia
Executive Director / Director of Compliance

Palacios, Carol

  • MBA Master of Business Administration, Adolfo Ibáñez School of Management, Miami, Florida, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri (Major: Management, Minor: French).
  • Higher Education Management Diploma, UNIR, Maracaibo, Venezuela

Director of Operations

Lemus, Edel

  • Doctor of Business Administration, Accounting, Argosy University, Sarasota – Florida, Master of Science in International Business, Finance, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale – Florida, Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale – Florida
Director of Admissions

Capera, Diana

  • BS Business Administration, Universidad Autónoma de Occidente, Colombia

Student and Career Services

Kistner, Ken

  • Graduate Work in International Relations, Troy State University, RAF Upper Heyford, UK
  • BA History, University of Maryland, RAF Upper Heyford, UK
  • Certificate, Instructional System Development, United States Air Force

Faculty Listing

Carrington, Rashika

  • PhD Leadership & Education – Higher Education Administration, Barry University
  • MS Public Administration and Health, Barry University
  • BS Healthcare Service Administration and Management, Barry University
  • AS Nursing, Nursing Degree, CHI & Everest School of Nursing
  • AA Business Administration, Broward College

Dixon, Germany

  • Ed.D Leadership and Management, St. Thomas University
  • MS Health Management, and MS Business Administration, St. Thomas University
  • Healthcare Risk Management Licensure, University of Florida
  • Licensed Healthcare Risk Manager, State of Florida, Agency for Health Care Administration
  • BA Biology, LaGrange College

Freeman, Edward

  • PhD Nursing, University of California
  • MS Nurse Practitioner, University of Missouri
  • MS English, University of Texas at Arlington
  • BS Nursing, University of Texas at Arlington

Granoff, Mary Jane

  • PhD Healthcare Administration, Nova Southeastern University
  • MS Nursing, University of Phoenix
  • MS Healthcare Administration, University of Miami
  • Registered Nurse, Barnet School of Nursing

Inciarte, Mercedes

  • PhD Education, Zulia University, Venezuela
  • MS Educational Technologies, Zulia University, Venezuela
  • BS Education, Zulia University, Venezuela

Jean, Judy

  • Doctor of Health Science, Global Health Track, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale – Florida, Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion (Public Health)
  • MS Health Service Administration, Florida International University, Miami – Florida

Owusu, Theo

  • PhD in Information Systems and Communications, Robert Morris University Moon Township
  • Master of Science in Internet Information Systems, Robert Morris University, Moon Township – Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences, Robert Morris University, Moon Township – Pennsylvania

Rojas, Alain

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, Chamberlain College of Nursing
  • MS in Nursing, Major: Family Nurse Practitioner, Universidad del Turabo

Velazquez, Jose

  • Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership, Nova Southeastern University
  • MBA in Global Management, University of Phoenix
  • BS in Liberal Arts, Regents College

Velis, Evelio

  • Medical Doctor, The Higher Institute of Medical Sciences, Cuba PhD Biostatistics, Faculty of Public Health, Cuba, Master of Science in Health Services Administration, Barry University, Miami – Florida

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