Antonio D. Tillis, Ph.D. (M.A. ’95)

Antonio Tillis

Antonio D. Tillis, Ph.D. (M.A. ’95) became chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden on July 1, 2021. He leads the southernmost campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, with more than 7,200 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in 39 undergraduate and 29 graduate programs.

Tillis recently served as interim president of the University of Houston-Downtown, where he also served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and was named M.D. Anderson Professor in Hispanic Studies. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, he is a noted scholar in Afro-Hispanic studies and has co-edited several books and publications. In 2009, he received a Fulbright fellowship to Brazil. Tillis is a first-generation college student who earned his master’s degree in Spanish literature from Howard University.

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