|President Michael Ortiz was honored for his contributions to higher education, including his leadership of Cal Poly Pomona.|
President Michael Ortiz was honored on Sept. 14 at the eighth annual Local Hero of the Year awards presented by Union Bank of California and KCET, the local PBS affiliate, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. In addition to the award, throughout the month KCET broadcasted a short video segment featuring Ortiz and Cal Poly Pomona.
The Local Hero of the Year awards are presented to individuals who have made great contributions to improve the community. Considered a national expert on education, Ortiz received the award for his contributions to higher education, including his leadership of Cal Poly Pomona. The award was presented to him and four other exemplary Latinos at a reception at KCET studios in Los Angeles.
Union Bank of California launched the Local Hero of the Year Awards in 1995 as a statewide initiative to recognize the contributions of the unsung heroes in the African-American, Asian/Pacific-Islander and Latino communities. The awards are presented during a ceremony at the PBS-affiliate stations to kickoff the celebrations for each respective heritage month. Hispanic Heritage Month was celebrated in September.