CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Three New College Presidents

The Board of Trustees of the City University of New York appointed three new college presidents to Queens College, The CUNY Graduate School and University Center and Kingsborough Community College at the June 30, 2014 meeting of the Board of Trustees. CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken recommended each appointment following national searches. The Search Committees each included trustees, a college president or professional school dean and faculty, staff, student and alumni representatives.

Farley Herzek was appointed as the president of Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn. President Herzek, a highly experienced administrator has been serving as interim president of Los Angeles Harbor College – Los Angeles Community College District, the largest community college district in the nation. President Herzek, who has extensive educational experience, has served as interim president of East Los Angeles College, and prior to joining the Los Angeles Community College District he was vice president of academic affairs for the Desert Community College District, where he provided leadership for the facilities design and instructional planning for two new campuses in the Coachella Valley. Click here to read more.

Chase F. Robinson, a prominent historian of the pre-modern Middle East, was appointed as president of The City University of New York Graduate School and University Center in Manhattan. President Robinson, who is also Distinguished Professor of History, has served as Interim President since 2013. From 2008 through June 2013, President Robinson served as provost and senior vice president of the CUNY Graduate Center. In that capacity, he helped recruit outstanding faculty and led a comprehensive planning process culminating in the Graduate Center’s Strategic Plan for 2012-16, outlining the institution’s major goals. Click here to read more.

Dr. Felix V. Matos Rodriguez, an Ivy League-educated scholar, administrator, teacher and former cabinet secretary of the Department of Family Services for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, was appointed as president of Queens College. Dr. Matos Rodriguez has been president of Hostos Community College/CUNY since 2009, and has taught at Yale, Northeastern University, Boston College and the Universidad Interamericana-Recinto Metro, Puerto Rico and is the former Director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. He was also affiliated with the history department at the CUNY Graduate Center. From 2005-06, Dr. Matos Rodriguez was head adviser on Health and Social Welfare to the Governor of Puerto Rico. Click here to read more.

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