Office of the President

Office of the President

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

 

July 1, 2015

To the Hostos Family:

As the newly appointed President of Hostos Community College, I would like to take this time to thank you for all of your hard work and welcome you to Summer 2015.
David Gómez, President
I returned to Hostos last year as Interim President after a long absence.  Now, as President, I will strive to make each year better than the last for our students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community.

This past year has been a very special time for me.  Together, we celebrated the largest graduating class Hostos has ever seen.  This bright and dedicated group will no doubt continue to make us proud, as well as remind us why we love to help change lives for the better through the power of education.

Looking back on this year, I was proud to watch Hostos embrace its role as a leader.  Thanks to the outstanding work of our Information Technology team, Hostos was again selected as one of the Top 10 Digital Community Colleges in the nation.  The College also hosted the 2015 Bronx EdTech Showcase and was home to the Bronx’s very first Tech Summit. It is this type of commitment to excellence that keeps Hostos students on the cutting edge and best prepares them for what lies ahead.

I was also extremely happy to help welcome several NASA scientists on April 29, who spent the day on campus showing our students that outer space is not out of reach.  And just one month later, I was equally as thrilled to welcome back some of Hostos’ brightest engineering graduates who participated in the College’s first Engineering Program Alumni Reunion.

As I look ahead to a new year, I cannot help but remain excited about what the future holds.  The Hostos Greenmarket is open, just as our new Food Studies Program provides our students the opportunity to explore issues related to food policy, health and wellness, food distribution, and marketing.  Our faculty continue to distinguish themselves through their scholarly achievements, grants, awards and outstanding teaching. 

And our students could not reach greater heights without the support from our dedicated faculty and staff.  In November 2014, I witnessed Hostos once again being home to the New York State Professor of the Year when long-standing English Professor, Cynthia Jones, was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.  Professor Jones followed Hostos Media Professor, Rees Shad, who won the award in 2012.

Down the road a bit further, I can see a new Allied Health and Science Complex that will expand the College’s health education offerings, while helping to build a better Bronx through clinics and a wellness center.

These are exciting times at Hostos Community College.  As you take your summer break to re-energize, or continue your pursuits straight into the fall, please know you are all part of something very special, and no one is more excited about it than I am.  Thank you for all that you do.

Sincerely,
David Gómez, Interim President
David Gómez, Ed.D.
President


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