José A. Zaglul is the president of EARTH University, an international, private, nonprofit institution in Costa Rica, dedicated to preparing leaders with ethical values to contribute to the sustainable development of the tropics and to construct a prosperous and just society. Zaglul has been president of EARTH University since its inception in 1989 and has provided the vision and leadership for this innovative institution and its unique educational environment that encourages the development of responsible leadership based on values, social commitment, environmental consciousness, academic excellence and an entrepreneurial and enterprising spirit.
Zaglul was the former head of the Animal Production Department at the Center for Tropical Agricultural Research and Training in Costa Rica, and served as professor and vice-rector of research and extension at the Costa Rican Institute of Technology. Zaglul is the former president (2005-2007) and a current executive committee member of the Global Consortium of Higher Education and Research for Agriculture (GCHERA) and is a member of the advisory board of the United World College Costa Rica Foundation.
He holds an MS in food science and human nutrition and a PhD in meat and muscle biology from the University of Florida.