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José Manuel Sal­daña is a Puer­to Rican aca­d­e­m­ic who served as Pres­i­dent of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Puer­to Rico dur­ing the 1980s.  He is a mem­ber of Phi Sig­ma Alpha fra­ter­ni­ty. He grad­u­at­ed from U.H.S. at Rio Piedras, before obtain­ing his bach­e­lor, mas­ters and Doc­tor of Den­tal Med­i­cine degree at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Puer­to Rico. He served as a pro­fes­sor, depart­ment direc­tor, fac­ul­ty dean and chan­cel­lor at the Med­ical Sci­ences Cam­pus and lat­er pres­i­dent of the same institution.

The Vice Pres­i­dent of Igual­dad, Futuro Seguro, a pro-state­hood orga­ni­za­tion cre­at­ed by Dr. Hernán Padil­la in 2011, he tes­ti­fied on the orga­ni­za­tion’s behalf before the Unit­ed Nations Decol­o­niza­tion Com­mit­tee in 2013.

He is a fre­quent op-ed con­trib­u­tor at El Vocero dai­ly news­pa­per in Puer­to Rico.