Queens College Names New President

Staff Writer

After months of interviews with dozens of candidates, Queens College has a new president.

The Board of Trustees of the City University of New York has selected Dr. Félix Matos Rodríguez as Queens College’s replacement for Dr. James Muyskens, who retired last year. He will take over from interim president Dr. Evangelos Gizis this fall.

3A Matos-RodriguezRodríguez is an Ivy League educated scholar, administrator, teacher and former cabinet secretary of the Dept. of Family Services for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. He received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and taught at several esteemed universities, including Yale, Northeastern University, Boston College and the Universidad Interamericana-Recinto Metro in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Rodríguez was the head adviser on Health and Social Welfare to the Governor of Puerto Rico from 2005 to 2006.

This is not the first CUNY institution Rodríguez will head, as he has been president of Hostos Community College/CUNY since 2009.

CUNY Chancellor James Milliken recommended the appointment of Rodríguez out of the four finalists, stating that he felt the new president’s leadership and commitment would serve Queens College well.

“He 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,” Milliken said.

The decision was ultimately made by the Search Committee, chaired by the Hon. Philip Berry, vice chair of the CUNY Board of Trustees. Other trustees, a CUNY college president, faculty, student and alumni representatives were all members of the committee as well.

Rodríguez said he was happy to join the Queens College community and eager to get to work in preparing for the next school year and beyond.

“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 throughout the years,” Rodríguez said. “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 sector 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. I look forward to becoming a member of the Queens campus community for many years to come.”

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