Godspeed UM President Julio Frenk

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Greetings Friends, Clients & Colleagues,

We hope our brief message finds you and yours well.

As proud members of the University of Miami family, Marile, our kids and I take this bittersweet moment to thank and acknowledge the remarkable leadership of President Julio Frenk as he embarks on his new journey.

Over the past nine years, we have known and befriended Felicia and Julio as he led the University of Miami with vision, dedication, and an unwavering commitment to excellence.

His innovative management model and strategic approach have significantly strengthened UM academically, financially, and reputationally. Under his guidance, The U has navigated numerous challenges, including the unprecedented times brought by the pandemic, emerging even stronger and more resilient.

As President Frenk transitions to his new role as Chancellor-designate of UCLA, we extend our prayers, heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to him and his amazing wife, Felicia Knaul. Their contributions extend beyond UM to our entire South Florida community and will be remembered and cherished for generations to come.

As he embarks on his new journey, we are reminded of the words from the Scripture:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, 

“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” 

(Jeremiah 29:11)


Our family has deep ties to the University of Miami. Our daughter, Annia graduated from the Business School in 2023, our son, Luis Jorge, is an incoming freshman and I graduated Law School back in 1987. Each day we cherish the values and education acquired at UM that have profoundly shaped our lives.

Join us in celebrating the legacy of President Frenk and looking forward to the bright future under the capable leadership of Joe Echevarria as the Acting President, the strategic thinking of our dear friend Rudy Fernandez, Chief Operating Officer and the guidance of Manny Kadre, Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Together, we will continue to uphold the spirit of excellence and innovation that defines our beloved U.

With warmest regards,

Marile & Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq.

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