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Pedro J. Cevallos-Candau, Ph.D, Vice President for Workforce Development

The Institute's Dedicated Leader


Dr. Pedro J. Cevallos-Candau’s progressive executive leadership experience spans over 35 years. His experience in the private and public sectors, in business and job creation, as well as workforce training and community service, have been vital in effectively assuming his current leadership position at St. Augustine College. As Vice President for Workforce Development, Dr. Cevallos-Candau oversees the Institute for Workforce Education (IWE), a division of St. Augustine College, which is the leading college-based provider of dual-language workforce development training services in Illinois. IWE also provides small business training and, in the last 10 years, has trained over 11,000 individuals, employed at over 700 companies in the healthcare, manufacturing, construction and non-profit sectors of the Illinois economy


Dr. Cevallos-Candau co-founded Primera Engineers, Ltd. in 1987 and sold the firm in 2016. During this time the firm grew to become one of the largest and most recognized Latino-owned engineering firms in the country, doing business in multiple states. The Chicago Tribune named Primera Engineers as one of Chicago’s Top Workplaces several years in a row. In 2016, he launched PECECA Business Consultants, a management consulting firm. Dr. Cevallos-Candau is also the CEO of Betahealth, LLC, an international biotechnology enterprise.


He has been a leader for the empowerment of the Hispanics and non-Hispanic communities in the Chicago area. He was a founding member of the Chicago Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE) and was involved in the formation of the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE). He has been an active member of many engineering professional societies and has served on the Board of Directors of several of them, including serving as President of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois. He is a Past Chairman of the Board of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC), Past-President of the Rotary Club of Chicago and Past-Governor of Rotary International District 6450. He is a past member of the Board of Governors of the Metropolitan Planning Council and a member of the Board of Trustees of Governor’s State University.


EDUCATION AND REGISTRATION

Dr. Cevallos-Candau received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico (1975) and a M.S. (1977) and Ph.D. (1980) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a Registered Engineer in Illinois. He served as an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago from 1980 to 1985.


HONORS AND AWARDS

Dr. Cevallos-Candau received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico (1975) and a M.S. (1977) and Ph.D. (1980) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a Registered Engineer in Illinois. He served as an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago from 1980 to 1985.


University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Association, Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2019.

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Alumni Association, Chicago Illini of the Year Award, 2015.

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Civil Engineering Honor Society, Chi Epsilon (Alpha Chapter), Chapter Honor Member, 2015.

University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, 2015.

ACEC (American Council of Engineering Companies), Distinguish Service Award, 2012.

Latino Leaders Magazine, Chicago Maestro Award, 2010.

Chicago United, Business Leaders of Color Award, 2009.

 


CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS

Judicial Appointments Committee, Appointed by Chief Justice Hon. Ann Burke. Committee chaired by Justice Ben Miller. This committee evaluates candidates who are applying to fill judicial vacancies in Illinois. Member since 2009.

Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation (ILLCF). Member, appointed by State Representative Jaime Andrade in 2013. Chairman Economic Development Committee.

Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC), Chairman of the Board of Directors 2014-15.

Village of Northbrook, Drainage Commission. Member, appointed by Village President Sandy Frum in 2016.

Rotary International District 6450. District Governor 2018-19. President Rotary Club of Chicago 2014-15.

Metropolitan Planning Council.Board of Governors. Member 2011-20.

Governors State University, Member of the Board of Trustees, appointed by the Illinois Governor and confirmed by the Illinois Senate in 2019.

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CONTACT INFORMATION 1345 W. Argyle Street Chicago, IL 60640 pcevallos@iwe.staugustine.edu