(L-R) George Santiago, Briarcliffe College President and Vic Latino, La Fiesta Radio

Briarcliffe College President Dr. George Santiago, Jr., was the recipient of a Top 50 Hispanic Leaders of Long Island award during the first-ever Latino Awards Gala held earlier this month by La Fiesta Radio, Long Island’s only Latino radio station.  

“Long Island is home to 350,000 Hispanics and La Fiesta is committed to reaching and serving this growing segment of our population,” said Dr. Santiago. “It is truly a great honor to be recognized in the company of such distinguished honorees.”

Dr. Santiago, the first in his family to achieve a college education, advanced to a master’s and doctorate, eventually dedicating himself to a career in education.  At Briarcliffe College, he introduced the Hispanic Scholarship program to support the dreams of higher education among young Latinos.  His educational and community outreach and personal commitment to the Hispanic community have been recognized by Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, the Long Island Hispanic Chamber, 100 Hispanic Women, Adelante, and others.  He has regularly appeared in the media as an expert source on social and educational matters affecting Hispanic students in the metro New York area.

“Under Dr. Santiago’s leadership, Briarcliffe College is an exemplary educational institution — providing a whole new generation of New Yorkers with opportunity and prospects for the future,” stated John Caracciolo, president of JVC Broadcasting, the owner of La Fiesta radio.

Established in 2008, La Fiesta WBON 98.5 radio provides a combination of music and talk radio that has enjoyed great popularity with an audience of nearly 400,000 tuning in daily, from Queens to Suffolk County.

According to Vic Latino, Operations Manager for La Fiesta Radio, “The Latino Awards program was established to recognize the contributions from business, education, public service and the arts in celebrating Hispanic heritage.”

Other honorees at the First Annual Latino Awards included representatives from major industries as well as Suffolk County Legislator Rick Montano, New York State Assemblyman Philip Ramos and Nassau County GOP Chairman Joe Mondella.