Queens, New York, February 13, 2019—As you are probably aware, the CUNY Board of Trustees has entrusted upon me the responsibility and honor of serving as CUNY’s eighth chancellor starting May 1, 2019 (please click here for the CUNY press release). I am deeply grateful and tremendously excited to lead the nation’s foremost urban public university, particularly at this time when our mission and commitment to excellent public higher education has never been more vital. This is an extraordinary opportunity for anyone who is passionate about the role CUNY plays in the lifeblood of this city--anyone who is deeply committed to opening the doors of educational excellence and economic and social mobility to all the people of New York.
I am proud to come from the faculty ranks of the university I am about to lead. I’ve had the privilege of serving CUNY in three boroughs over nearly two decades. From my early years as an associate professor of Black and Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, to the decade I have served as President of Hostos Community College and Queens College, this university has been a source of immeasurable professional growth, personal joy, and my home.
It is not easy for me to share this news with the QC community who has so generously embraced me and my family during the past five years. I thank each and every one of you for your friendship and collegiality. I’m proud of the collective work we have been able to accomplish despite challenging times. Our success has been propelled by a unique kinship of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners who together carry on QC’s legacy of academic excellence, service, and access. I thank CUNY Board Chair, Bill Thompson, for granting my request to allow me to preside at our May 30 Commencement as president.
We will share news about the leadership transition in the college in the weeks ahead after appropriate consultation and reflection. I know I will miss you and our beautiful campus, but I’m comforted by the thought that we will be working together still as I transition to my new role as chancellor of this great university.
I look forward to continue working with you to build a stronger QC and a stronger CUNY for decades to come. Thank you, in advance, for your support.