Office of the President

Office of the President


January 23, 2018

To the Hostos Family:

Welcome to the Spring 2018 semester!

David Gómez, PresidentThough the weather may be bitter, the winter chill will recede. Our spirits soar as the cold and gray landscape changes to greenery and sunshine. We experience a sense of renewal – and hope. Hope is the quality that unites us: hope for a better life and a better world through education.
This spring, our College is celebrating its 50th anniversary. We remain firmly committed to our founders’ vision: the right to high-quality, affordable education for all.
It is my pleasure to welcome both new and returning students to the campus. No matter where you are in your educational journey – whether this is your first day of class or your last semester – the faculty and staff are here to help you to do your best…and to be your best.
I take great pride in the accomplishments of Hostos’ students and faculty. Recent good news would have to include the following:
  • In January, Hostos Professors Andrea Fabrizio and Gregory Marks were profiled in The Wall Street Journal article “Studying Western Civilization in the South Bronx.” Writer Jillian Kay Melchior examines the ways in which Hostos and other colleges approach the question of teaching landmark works of Western Civilization in today’s multi-cultural world.
  • Last December, The Hostos Caimans women’s basketball team reached the Number One spot on the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III poll.
  • December also saw the Second Annual Immigration Resource Fair at Hostos. Titled “Migration is Beautiful!” the day-long event included a “Know Your Rights” workshop and culminated with powerful “Unafraid! Border-crossing Stories” told by immigrant students.
  • In November, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) accepted the College’s Periodic Review Report (PRR) and reaffirmed our institution’s accreditation; their response was exceedingly positive and contained several commendations. This is no small achievement, and I would like to once again thank all those who worked on this crucial document.
  • That same month, Hostos was awarded the Outstanding Partnership Leadership Award in recognition of the exceptional support the College has provided to students and families in need during its partnership with WellCare of New York. 
I fully expect that 2018 will bring more news of our talented and dedicated faculty and students – and I look forward to hearing of your success!
With my best wishes,
David Gómez, Interim President
David Gómez, Ed.D.