The gallery of Keuka College’s past leaders grew by one this past weekend as the official presidential portrait of President Emeritus Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera was unveiled in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library.
College officials and trustees joined friends, family, and professional associates of President Emeritus Díaz-Herrera for the 1 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, June 22.
“Today, we unveil the portrait of a man who created a legacy of change and progress,” said College President Amy Storey, who described the College’s 19th president as “a man of vision and drive.”
President Storey shared some of the highlights of President Emeritus Díaz-Herrera’s seven-year tenure, including construction of Keuka Commons, the College’s newest building in over 40 years; installation of the athletics turf field; and creation of digital learning spaces in the residence hall lounges, student center, and Lightner Library.
“Those who visit the College today continue to benefit from the enhancements and passion Jorge brought to his presidency,” she added.
President Emeritus Díaz-Herrera personally selected artist Nicolas F. Shi to create his portrait and the two worked together to conceptualize the design. Shi’s style utilizes bold patterns and bright colors.
“Very vibrant,” said longtime College Trustee Don Wertman upon the portrait’s unveiling. “I love it!”
Along from Mr. Wertman and many fellow trustees, those in attendance included President Emeritus Díaz-Herrera’s son Jose, daughter Zorylú Díaz-Bonilla, grandsons Sebastian and Leonardo Bonilla, and several other relatives.
Other guests included Dr. Al Simone, former president of the Rochester Institute of Technology; Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship/Ph.D. Program Director at RIT Dr. Pengcheng Shi and his spouse, Dr. Hope Mi; and President of the True Insights Consulting LLC Clay Osborne and his spouse, Dorelis Osborne.