New Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs Joins

Having been selected in a national search, Dr. Carmen Coballes-Vega will assume her official duties as  the newly appointed Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs of Eugenio María de Hostos Community College on Thursday, July 1, 2010.

As Provost and Vice President, Dr. Coballes-Vega will serve as the chief academic administrative officer of the college and a member of President Félix V. Matos-Rodríguez’ management team.  Her responsibilities will include advancing Hostos’ academic agenda, overseeing the integrity and excellence of academic programs, and working closely with the Hostos community, research centers, institutes, external regulatory agencies, and CUNY the Central Office. The role also includes encouraging and supporting scholarship, engaging in interdisciplinary collaborations across the university and beyond, and implementing changes in policies and practices that affect academic life at college.

“I am very pleased to welcome Dr. Carmen Coballes-Vega to Hostos,” said President Matos Rodríguez. “With over 30 years of leadership experience in public higher education, she will be an invaluable asset in the fulfillment of our mission to meet the educational needs of students from diverse ethnic, racial, cultural and linguistic backgrounds.”

Before accepting her new position at Hostos, Dr. Coballes-Vega was Dean of the College of Professional Studies and Professor of Education at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota.  While at Metropolitan, she played an integral role in the creation of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the Minnesota Center for Professional Development, as well as the development of new undergraduate programs, articulation agreements with community colleges, and several state and foundation grants.  The American Association of State Colleges and Universities named Dr. Coballes-Vega a Millennium Leadership Fellow.

Earlier in her career, Dr. Coballes-Vega served for five years as Associate Dean and Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.  During her tenure, she led a federally funded University of Wisconsin System initiative, Vital Issues in Virtual Assemblies, as part of Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Teach with Technology (PT3).  While at the University of Wisconsin River Falls, Dr. Coballes-Vega served as chair of the Elementary Education Department for five years. 

Dr. Coballes-Vega earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Secondary Education from Atlantic Union College; a master’s degree in Humanities Education/School of Education, New York University; and a doctorate in Reading and Linguistics from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where she was a Title VII Bilingual Education Doctoral Fellow.

About Hostos
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of CUNY offers access to higher education leading to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility through the development of linguistic, mathematical, technological, and critical thinking proficiencies needed for lifelong learning and for success in a variety of programs, including careers, liberal arts, transfer, and those professional programs leading to licensure. In addition to offering degree programs, the College serves as a resource for the South Bronx and other communities by providing continuing education, cultural events, and expertise for further development. For more information about Hostos Community College, visit: