Queens College Pres. Pick Down To Four

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(Clockwise from top left): Dr. Félix Matos Rodríguez,
Dr. Irma Becerra-Fernández, Dr. Nasser Paydar and
Dr. Melody Rose are the four names vying to become
Queens College’s next president.

Staff Writer

Only a handful of finalists remain in the running to become Queens College’s president.

The quest to find the next permanent president at the college is down to just four educators out of dozens considered by the Queens College Presidential Search Committee.

Each of the remaining four candidates either have or will come to the campus in May to meet with members of the faculty, student representatives, deans, staff members, alumni and community representatives. The finalists will also participate in a one-hour town hall meeting open to the community. Each of the campus groups that meet with the remaining choices will file a feedback advisory report. CUNY Chancellor William Kelly will consider these accounts when determining whom to recommend to the Board of Trustees.

One of the candidates is Dr. Irma Becerra-Fernández, the vice president for engagement and the professor of management information systems at Florida International University. In her position as vice president, she is leading a portfolio of partnerships to grow student talent, develop the community and nurture innovation.

Dr. Nasser Paydar is the executive vice chancellor and the chief academic officer of Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, a core campus of Indiana University dedicated to the state’s urban research and academic health sciences. With an annual budget of $1.3 billion, Paydar presides over 22 deans and schools.

Hailing from the Oregon University System is its first female chancellor, Dr. Melody Rose. As CEO of the system, Rose is responsible for $5.5 billion in state assets and a half-billion dollar budget that is distributed across seven public universities, affecting 100,000 students. Rose presents proposals to the legislature, helps the various campuses fulfill their goals and creates partnerships among the campuses, community colleges and K-12 schools.

Coming from the City’s own backyard is Dr. Félix Matos Rodríguez, the president of CUNY’s Eugenio María de Hostos Community College in The Bronx. He came to the job with a wealth of experience, having served as the Secretary of the Department of the Family for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, overseeing an annual budget of $2.2 billion and nearly 11,000 employees.

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