Congratulations to CUNY Chancellor-Elect Félix V. Matos Rodríguez

Office of the President

Dear GC colleagues,
I invite you to join me in extending deepest congratulations to Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez on his well-deserved appointment as CUNY’s eighth chancellor, as announced by the University yesterday.
Dr. Matos Rodríguez’s record of accomplishment at and beyond CUNY underscores his commitment to excellent, meaningful scholarship that serves the greater good. Particularly notable and extraordinary is his distinctive service as president of both a baccalaureate college and a community college. We look forward to working with him as together we fulfill CUNY’s potential to advance public knowledge and create opportunity for diverse, deserving students.
Dr. Matos Rodríguez, familiarly known to many as Felo, is a noted scholar of the history of women in the Caribbean and the award-winning author of two books and editor of many more. His scholarship is interdisciplinary and focuses on issues of diversity, urban history, and opportunity — topics that coincide with those studied by our own faculty across many of our disciplines. I know that GC colleagues who work directly with Felo think very highly of him.
The GC’s Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies and our Ph.D. program in Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures reflect our shared commitment to many of the same issues and areas of research.
It is heartening and evidence of CUNY’s strength that the board of trustees selected a candidate from inside the University as our next leader.
I invite you to read CUNY’s announcement, which details Dr. Matos Rodríguez’s scholarly contributions and his successes in leading Queens College and, before that, Hostos Community College.
The Graduate Center has benefited from Interim Chancellor Vita Rabinowitz’s deep understanding of and dedication to our mission and our unique position in the University. It has been a pleasure to work with her, and I anticipate continued progress this spring and a smooth and successful transition to Dr. Matos Rodríguez’s leadership in May.
Together, we will ensure that The Graduate Center continues to make a meaningful difference in public higher education, in our great city, and in society at large.
Joy Connolly
Interim President

Submitted on: FEB 14, 2019

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