The university is overseen by a governing board committed to excellence in academic and student services. The university administration and faculty bring their experience to designing and delivering student-centered services and programs.


“Our goal, at the Governing Board level, is to ensure that MUST University operates autonomously, with the highest standard of governance and in compliance with all the regulatory stakeholders in the United States. Ultimately, MUST University’s main objective is to offer the best service and education it can provide to its students”.

Renato Souza – Chairman.




Renato Souza Neto is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Prismapar, a financial advisory firm focused on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and venture capital investments across major markets in Latin America. In 2003, Mr. Souza Neto, together with former Minister of Education of Brazil, Paulo Renato Souza, co-founded PRS Consultores, a consulting boutique in Brazil specializing in the education sector that later became Prismapar.

From 2006 to 2008, Renato was also the Brazilian director of Egon Zehnder, a global executive search firm. Previously to Prismapar, Renato worked for 6 years at J.P. Morgan in the Mergers, Acquisitions, Equity Capital Markets and Client Coverage groups, both in the New York and Sao Paulo offices.

Mr. Souza Neto graduated with honors in Economics from the George Washington University, D.C., United States, and he obtained a full time MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. He is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish.



Valerie Mendelsohn is a board member and senior executive with more than 20 years of combined for-profit and traditional education experience. She is president and co-founder of Mendelsohn Solutions, a comprehensive compliance, risk management, accreditation and Title IX consulting firm.

As former Vice President of Compliance and Risk Management for American Career College and West Coast University, Valerie built the first enterprise-wide compliance and risk management department for a large, multifaceted institution. Prior to her tenure with American Career College and West Coast University, Valerie spent more than 7 years with Career Education Corporation, working extensively with all regionally accredited institutions within CEC’s portfolio and helping Colorado Technical University obtain a 10-year reaccreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.  Valerie received her Bachelor of Arts from Lake Forest College and her Juris Doctor from the DePaul University College of Law. Valerie previously served as an Executive Board Member for the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools.



Mr. Antonio Cassio Segura is a serving member of the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce in Miami, Florida. He is also the former CEO of B.B. Americas. He has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry. Mr. Cassio Segura holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Innovation from the University of Sao Paolo.



Mr. Valenzuela is a recognized leader in the field of digital transformation, as noted by Edtech Digest. With more than 30 years of experience, Mr. Valenzuela holds several partnerships with education-focused entities, such as Aspen Institute of Mexico, EdTech Times, Global Edtech Impact Alliance, Studiorum, EDT Partners, and Outliers School to name a few.

He has held high-profile executive posts, such as President of Cengage Learning Latinoamérica, President of McGraw Hill Latinoamérica, President of Relacom Latinoamérica, and President of Ticketmaster/GCi. Mr. Valenzuela’s experience in operations, fiscal analysis, educational technology, education operations, and business development would be an asset to institution’s growth. Mr. Valenzuela resides in Mexico.



Armado Badillo founded Stella Maris Partners in July 2021. As an investor focused on carving a social impact. Mr. Badillo works with entities specializing in technology and innovation, healthcare, education, and financial services.

Prior to his current post, Mr. Badillo was a founding partner at Radiocare, a company offering distance imaging services to healthcare facilities. His experience in education operations spanned from 1998 until 2012, having held various key executive posts at Anahuac Educational Consortium. Mr. Badillo holds a Bachelor degree in Physics from the Universidad Tecnológica de Monterrey.

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