US News and World Report Ranks Lehman as ‘Top 50 Public College’ in North

BRONX, N.Y. — Lehman College continues to be ranked as both a “Top 50 Public College” in the North and a Tier 1 institution among regional universities in the North, according to the latest rankings released recently by U.S. News & World Report. This is the third consecutive year in which the College has maintained these high positions.

Lehman President Ricardo R. Fernández (left) with Outstanding Staff Awardees, from left, Thomas Waski, David Stevens and John Lucente.

In a new list the magazine calls “the payback picture,” Lehman is also ranked in fifth place out of all regional universities in the North, public and private, for students graduating with the least amount of debt.

“These rankings show an institution on the rise that’s giving students a great educational value,” said Lehman President Ricardo R. Fernández, who announced the rankings as part of his remarks at the College’s annual convocation ceremony, marking the start of the new academic year. He went on to point to the opening of Lehman’s new $70 million science building later this year and the launch of a new app for smart phones as two developments that will further contribute to this value.

Addressing students in particular, he said that “our global economy is highly competitive, and the stakes are equally high in terms of both our country’s prosperity and its very democracy. What you are able to achieve in your life will determine not just your own future but that of our country.”

More than 300 faculty, staff and students attended the Convocation, held on September 19 in the Lovinger Theatre. The ceremony included a keynote address by Lehman’s new provost, Dr. Anny Morrobel-Sosa, who recounted her upbringing as a Spanish-speaking immigrant from the Dominican Republic and the encouragement she received from her teachers as she progressed in math and science from high school through college, graduate study and the doctoral degree.

“In coming back home to New York and after so many years,” she said, “I still see a mirror of faces, hopes and dreams that are very much like mine. This is my commitment: to help provide students with the access, opportunity and encouragement to develop their abilities and to consider the possibility of achieving something beyond their original expectations.”

President Fernández presented awards for outstanding service to three staff members, John Lucente, David Stevens and Thomas Waski, and remarks were given by Dr. Mardi Valgemae of the English Department, selected as the 2012 “Teacher of the Year,” and Dr. Judith Duncker of the Political Science Department, the “Adjunct Teacher of the Year.”