Romero to Provide Hispanic Heritage Month Keynote

Dr. Jose Romero

Dr. Jose Romero, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health, will be the 2021 Arkansas Tech University Hispanic Heritage Month keynote speaker.

Romero will speak at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12. His remarks will be presented in room 300 of the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center, 305 West Q Street in Russellville. Admission will be free and open to the public.

Romero previously served as chief medical officer at the Arkansas Department of Health and was appointed interim secretary of health by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in May 2020. He was confirmed in that role on a permanent basis by the Arkansas Senate in August 2020.

Board certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases, Romero was director of the section of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital from 2008-2020.

Romero is also professor of pediatrics in the UAMS Department of Pediatrics.

ATU Hispanic Heritage Month events are presented by the ATU Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Contemporary Student Services. Learn more at