Hostos Community College President Santiago Santiago Steps Down as Head of College

January 13, 1998 | The University

Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College President Isaura Santiago Santiago, having completed over ten years of service as the educational leader of the nationally-known bilingual institution, has stepped down as President today.

Dr. Santiago’s academic research has focused on language policies for minorities in general and Hispanics in particular, and ways to translate those into institutional policies. Before being named President of Hostos, she was Program Head and Director of Funded Programs at Columbia University’s Teachers College Program in Bilingual Education for eight years and Associate Professor in the Department of Languages and Literature.

Established in 1968 and opened in 1970 with a class of 623 students, and serving nearly 4,200 students today, Hostos Community College, one of six community colleges of The City University of New York, has a distinctive educational mission.

The only institution of higher learning on the mainland to have been named for a Puerto Rican–19th Century patriot and educator Eugenio Maria de Hostos–the College and its instructional staff offer a rich variety of career and liberal arts programs leading to an Associate Degree, including accounting, business, data processing, dental hygiene, early childhood education, medical laboratory technology, nursing, public administration, radiologic technology, and secretarial science. The two newest programs are microcomputers in business and public interest paralegal studies.

Hostos Community College also provides numerous continuing education offerings, primarily in business and English as a Second Language, including a GED program offered in both English and Spanish. The Hostos Culture and Arts program initiated by the President sponsors a variety of activities in the visual and performing arts focusing on themes of interest to local residents.

Now located in several facilities at 149th Street and the Grand Concourse in the South Bronx, the College under President Santiago Santiago’s leadership embarked on implementation of its Master Plan 1988 as enrollment grew. The newest building, the East Academic Complex houses, two theaters, a gymnasium, and an art gallery, as well as state-of-the art computer laboratories with 450 stations.

Also part of the campus is the Hostos-Lincoln Academy of Science, an alternative high school established in 1987, a highly successful collaboration developed by the President between the New York City Board of Education and The City University of New York, and one of seven high schools affiliated with CUNY. The four-year academic program, open to students from intermediate and junior high schools in the Bronx and upper Manhattan, is college preparatory with most classes culminating in the New York State Regents examinations. Students can use the college facilities and are also able to take college courses upon completion of required proficiencies, which they can “bank” towards an Associate Degree.