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Dr. Ernesto Cruz presented his book “INCAE - los años formativos”

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ernesto cruz libroSurrounded by a group of close friends, faculty members, graduates, and students of INCAE, Dr. Ernesto Cruz presented his book INCAE, los años formativos at INCAE's Campus Francisco de Sola in Montefresco. This is the same campus he inaugurated on June 20, 1969, one day before the graduation of INCAE's first class. The event took place at the first INCAE Annual Meeting that brought together several classes of graduates who had a chance to see again their colleagues and professors and to meet Dr. Cruz.

Current INCAE Rector Enrique Bolaños warmly welcomed him celebrating his success and thanking him for the work he did and continues to do for INCAE.

According to Dr. Cruz the book "covers from INCAE's inception in the midst of the integrationist excitement of the mid-20th century to the end of his tenure on December 31, 1980". The entire book is backed by documentary sources available at INCAE's Library. It is a first-person narrative with no analepses, which makes it sound like a chronicle. Its captivating narrative involving historical and anecdotal description both informs and entertains readers.

The 441 page book provides a wealth of detail on Dr. Cruz tenure, from before the idea of what would later become Latin America's leading business school to the birth of INCAE in Nicaragua and the economic, political, and social challenges it faced as a result of Nicaragua's history.

The book describes INCAE's mission in detail and closes by mentioning INCAE's long-time pursuit of objectives such as the smart management of social change, economic development, and regional integration.

Dr. Cruz has remained a key member of INCAE and has seen it grow at each stage since July 1st 1968, when he became INCAE Rector and began to lay INCAE's solid foundations, to this day.

He was guest of honor at the 2012 MBA commencement ceremony at Campus Francisco de Sola. At that time told graduates, "It was here that we began to sow the seeds of a thriving school, which is now a strong organization. I have no doubt that this school will survive".

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About the author

Dr. Cruz was born in León, Nicaragua in 1931, but he grew up in Managua. After primary and secondary education in various schools in the country, he completed an additional year of secondary school at The Bullis School in Silver Spring, Maryland.

He began his law studies at Universidad de Oriente & Mediodía, in Granada. When this school was closed by the government, he moved to Universidad Nacional de León, where he received his Doctor of Law degree in 1956. Three years before graduating he had married Sonia Valle Peters, and they had four children: Ernesto, Sonia, Eduardo, and Rodrigo.

After six years of professional practice, in 1962 he moved with his wife and children to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to carry out doctoral studies in Political Economy & Government at Harvard University, where he graduated in 1968. By mid-1968 he was appointed Rector of INCAE, a position he held until 1980. During that time, he shaped the school.

After leaving INCAE he moved with his family to Miami. There his wife received a degree from the University of Miami School of Law and joined a renowned law firm. Dr. Cruz obtained in 1990 his third doctoral degree (JD) also from the University of Miami School of Law, majoring in Corporate Law. For three decades he served as bank director and general counsel for international companies such as BAC International Bank Credomatic and GBM Corporation. He retired by late 2012, returning to Nicaragua, where he lives next to INCAE, the school to which he devoted the best years of his life.