Dr. Ernesto Cruz presents his book "INCAE, the formative years"

December 01 2017

Together with a group of close friends, professors, graduates and students of INCAE, Dr. Ernesto Cruz presented his book at the Francisco de Sola Campus of INCAE in Montefresco, the same campus that he inaugurated on June 20, 1969, the day before the graduation of the first class of INCAE. The event took place within the framework of the first edition of the Incaista Annual Meeting, an event that brought together several generations of Incaistas who had the opportunity to meet with their colleagues, their teachers and meet Dr. Cruz.

The current Rector of INCAE, Enrique Bolaños, gave him a warm welcome, applauding his successes and thanking him for the work he did and continues to do for this leading institution in the region.

As Dr. Cruz details in the foreword to his book, the narrative "ranges from the conception of INCAE - in the midst of the integrationist fervor of the middle of the last century - until the conclusion of its administration on December 31, 1980." All based on documentary sources available in the INCAE Library.

The book written in the first person singular, "without traces of analepsies, which gives it a slight flavor of chronicle", is a captivating narrative whose historical and anecdotal description manages to inform while entertaining its readers.

And this is how in 441 pages he manages to relate with a wealth of details, the 12 years of his rectory, from before the conceptualization of what would be the leading business school in Latin America, until the fortuitous birth of INCAE in Nicaragua, and the economic, political and social challenges faced by the history of this country.

Within the book, he manages to describe the essence of INCAE in detail in its mission, mentioning in its epilogue "the pursuit of ultra-scholastic objectives that INCAE has pursued since its inception such as the intelligent management of social change, economic development and regional integration" .

Since July 1, 1968, the day that Dr. Cruz took over the rectory of INCAE and began the construction of the solid foundations that founded INCAE, until today, he has remained an important figure for the institution, the which he has seen grow in each of its stages.

He was the guest of honor during the 2012 MBA graduation at the Francisco de Sola Campus, expressing to the graduates on this day: "here on this soil we begin to sow the seeds of an institution that flourishes, that has a strong trunk ... no I have a doubt that this will survive. "

Can buy the book here!.

About the Author

The author was born in León de Nicaragua in 1931, but grew up and grew up in Managua. After attending elementary and middle school in various schools around the country, he did an additional year of high school at The Bullis School, Silver Spring, Maryland.

He began his law studies at the Universidad de Oriente & Mediodía, in Granada. When this was closed by governmental disposition, he eventually moved to the National University of León, where he obtained his Doctor of Law degree in 1956. Three years before graduating he had married Sonia Valle Peters, with whom he had four children: Ernesto, Sonia , Eduardo and Rodrigo.

After six years of professional practice, he went with his wife and children in 1962 to Cambridge, Massachusetts, in pursuit of a PhD in Political Economy & Government at Harvard University, which he received in 1968. In mid-1980 that year he assumed the Rectory of the Central American Institute of Business Administration (INCAE), remaining at the head of it until XNUMX. During that period he gave shape to the institution.

Upon leaving INCAE, he moved with his family to Miami, Florida, where - after his wife graduated from the University of Miami Law School and joined a prestigious law firm - he obtained it from the same School in 1990 his third doctorate (JD), with an emphasis on Corporate Law. For three decades he served as a bank director and general counsel for international companies, such as BAC INTERNATIONAL BANK CREDOMATIC and GBM CORPORATION. He retired at the end of 2012, returning to Nicaragua, where he lives next to the institution to which he dedicated the best years of his life.