- Spring 2001
Pedro Rossello served two terms as the Governor of Puerto Rico and was term-limited in 2000. As Governor, he advocated for Puerto Rican statehood and focused his administration on improving health care, education, and the judicial system in his territory. Governor Rossello began his career as a pediatric surgeon and professor of medicine at Harvard University and other hospitals. In 1985, he was appointed Director of Health for the city of San Juan. Three years later, he campaigned to become Puerto Rico's congressional delegate. As Chairman of the New Progressive Party (a coalition of Democrats, Republicans and Independents who favor statehood), Dr. Rossello was elected Governor in 1992. Governor Rossello has served as President of the Council of State Governments, Chair of the Democratic Governors Association, and Chairman of the Southern Governors Association. He received the President's Award from the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 1996, and the League of United Latin American Citizens Award in 1998. Governor Rossello graduated from Notre Dame in 1966, and became a Doctor of Medicine in 1970 with a degree from Yale University. During his fellowship, Governor Rossello will work with Project HEALTH, an innovative, Institute-affiliated student organization focusing on public policy and community service.