PELHAM, N.Y. -- Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, a Pelham resident, has officially assumed the presidency of Queens College as of August 28, 2014, following his June 30 appointment by the City University of New York Board of Trustees.
The Ivy League-educated scholar, administrator, teacher and former cabinet secretary of the Department of Family Services for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico served as president of Hostos Community College/CUNY since 2009. CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken recommended Matos Rodríguez’s appointment after a national search.
Matos Rodríguez is a cum laude graduate in Latin American Studies from Yale University. He received his PhD in history from Columbia University, and has taught at Boston College, Northeastern University, the Universidad Interamericana-Recinto Metro, Puerto Rico, and Yale.
He was also affiliated with the history department at the CUNY Graduate Center. From 2005-06, Dr. Matos Rodríguez was head adviser on Health and Social Welfare to the Governor of Puerto Rico.
"Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez brings to Queens College an impressive blend of scholarly accomplishment, public service, a strong commitment to student success and a deep belief in the university’s educational mission,” said Milliken.
Matos Rodriguez commented on his appointment.
" I look forward to joining the vibrant community of students, faculty, staff and alumni that have made Queens College a beacon of excellence, opportunity and innovation through the years. In the spirit of Queens College’s motto — ‘We learn so that we may serve.’ — "I pledge to put all the experience and learning of my scholarly, administrative and public service career at the service of an institution that has, and will continue to serve, Queens, New York City, and the nation with the highest standards of excellence and dedication."
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