CUNY Trustees Name Prominent Educator Dr. Dolores M. Fernandez Acting President of Hostos Community College

Dr. Dolores M. Fernandez, a nationally-recognized expert in bilingual education, teacher training, and curriculum development was named Acting President of Hostos Community College, effective March 1, 1998 by The City University of New York Board of Trustees at its February 23rd meeting.

Professor of Curriculum and Teaching at Hunter College/CUNY since 1990, Dr. Fernandez is a former Deputy Chancellor for Instruction and Development of the New York City Board of Education, as well as former Deputy Director for Program Services and former Director of Education for the New York State Division for Youth.

Her research in teacher education–a project titled “Pathways to Teaching,” a program designed to increase the number of certified teachers in low-achieving schools in New York City– has been supported by a million dollars in grants from the DeWitt-Wallace Foundation and the Reader’s Digest Foundation since 1991. She has chaired the New York State Task Force for Low Achieving Schools for the past five years.

Dr. Fernandez earned her Ph.D. in Language and Cognition, and a Professional Diploma in Reading from Hofstra University. She graduated cum laude from Nassau Community College, earned a B.S. in Education from SUNY-Old Westbury, and a Master’s in Education as well as a professional Diploma in Educational Administration from Long Island University-C.W. Post College. Among her academic honors were Title VII Fellowships for both her Masters and Ph.D. study. She previously taught in the Curriculum and Teaching Departments of LIU-C.W.Post and SUNY-Old Westbury. Hunter College was a partner in the U.S. Department of Education-supported Northeast and Islands Regional Education Laboratory with Brown University. Dr. Fernandez co-directed the Hunter College Consortium Site, which received a grant of over $450,000 from 1995-97.

Among her recent invited papers and presentations were “Bilingual Education: Student Achievement and Instruction Practices,”and “Bottom-Up Reform with Top-Down Support: Working with Schools As We Find Them” before the annual conference of the American Educational Association; “Urban Teacher Preparation: Redesigning Programs to Meet State Needs,” for the New York Association of Colleges of Teacher Education; and “Educational Reform and Bilingual Education: Lessons from the Front Line,” before the International Bilingual/Multicultural Education Conference of the National Association for Bilingual Education.

At Hunter College she has also been Co-Director of the New Urban Educators Program with the U.S. Department of Education since 1995, Coordinator of the Administration and Supervision Program for the past year, and a Project Associate of the Multifunctional Resource Center since 1990. She is a resident of Astoria, N.Y.

Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College is the only CUNY college to offer a bilingual approach to higher education. Located at 475 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, its newest facility, the East Academic Complex, houses two theaters, an art gallery, and state-of-the-art computer laboratories. The college offers a wide variety of career and liberal arts programs, including accounting, business, data processing, dental hygiene, early childhood education, medical laboratory technology, nursing, public administration, radiologic technology, secretarial science, microcomputers in business, and public interest paralegal studies.