Queens College of the City University of New York President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez was elected as board chair of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), the HACU Governing Board announced on November 2. Matos Rodríguez replaced William V. Flores, former president of the University of Houston, Downtown, in the position.
“The work HACU does each and every day has had beneficial impact on Hispanic students both in the United States and abroad,” said Matos Rodríguez. “From the internships and scholarships they provide for career development programs that help ensure students are prepared to enter the workforce, HACU’s vital support for Hispanic students has never been more necessary. I am truly humbled to have the opportunity to serve as board chair as we continue to advocate for students around the world.”
Matos Rodríguez has served as president of Queens College since 2014 and has been a member of HACU’s Governing Board since 2012. His distinguished career spans both academia and the public sector. Previously the president of Eugenio María de Hostos Community College/CUNY prior to Queens College, Matos Rodríguez is one of the few educators in the country who has served as president of both baccalaureate and community college institutions. He also served as Puerto Rico’s cabinet secretary of the Department of Family Services where he formulated public policy and administered service delivery in programs such as Child Support Enforcement, Adoption and Foster Care, and Child and Elderly Protection.
Matos Rodríguez is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is an Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow. He serves on the boards of Phipps Houses, the United Way of New York City, the TIAA Hispanic Advisory Council, and the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. He is a graduate of Yale University and he received his PhD from Columbia University.
“We are honored to have Félix Matos Rodríguez serve as chair of HACU’s Governing Board,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores. “We are also very grateful for the extraordinary leadership and contributions made by our outgoing board members.”
Established in 1986 and currently representing more than 470 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the United States, Puerto Rico, Latin America, and Spain, HACU seeks to promote the development of member colleges and universities, improve access to and the quality of postsecondary education opportunities for Hispanic students, and meet the needs of the business, industry, and government communities through the development and sharing of resources, information, and expertise.
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Queens College graduates the most teachers, counselors, and principals in the metropolitan area. It also contributes to the city’s talent pool as a powerful economic engine and a leader in tech education, with more undergraduate computer science majors than any New York City college. Students from across the country and around the world come to the Aaron Copland School of Music. Its renowned faculty and alumni include nationally recognized composers, conductors and performers who have received nearly 40 Grammy Awards and nominations over the past 40 years.
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