UVU Chief International Officer
Associated Professor of Language Pedagogy
Profesor Doctor Titular de Universidad
Hon. Consul of Spain, State of Utah
Knight Commander - Royal Order of Civil Merit, Kingdom of Spain
A native of Santander, Spain Dr. Lago arrived to the US in 1987 to embark on an educational journey that continues to this day. As the Chief International Officer for Utah Valley University, Dr. Lago organizes and manages UVU’s global and intercultural academic initiatives; working mainly with external communities including the Governor´s Office of Economic Development of the State of Utah, The United Nations, and many other organizations, chambers, and global companies.
Prior to his current post, Dr. Lago dedicated his professional career as a professor of language pedagogy and has presented his teaching philosophy and research in Europe, the Americas and Asia. He received his undergraduate and post graduate degrees in the US and returned to his home country to complete a doctorate degree in instructional technology. As a service to his country and to the local community since 1999, Dr. Lago fulfills his appointment as the Honorary Consul of Spain and is the past-president of the Utah Consular Corps. In addition, he currently serves as Vice President of the World Trade Association of Utah.
In his work at UVU, Dr. Lago enjoys working with his colleagues by developing global academic partnerships and hosting diplomats. Some of his favorite pastimes include the arts, classical music, current events, history and spending time with his family. On Oct 2016, Dr. Lago was awarded the title of Knight Commander of the Royal Order of Civil Merit by King Phillip VI of Spain.