Hostos College’s first President Dr. Nasry Michelen

On February 22, Hostos received an incredible honor after the College’s first President, Dr. Nasry Michelen, was saluted for his exemplary contributions as a public servant and vision of Hostos Community College. This historical celebration was attended by current President Dr. David Gómez and a host of distinguished guests. It was a perfect addition to the College’s yearlong 50th Anniversary Celebration and also helped to mark Dominican Heritage Month. 
Dr. Michelen not only named the College after the great Eugenio María de Hostos, he helped set a course that the institution proudly follows today. He was born in San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic and obtained his medical degree at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. 
Among his long list of incredible achievements, he was part of a group of community activists who fought for better services in the South Bronx, was one of the founders of the College, and helped to lead the effort to train a cadre of healthcare para‐professionals who would serve the South Bronx and other underserved areas.
This event was presented by the Dr. Nasry Michelen Foundation, Hostos’ Office of the Associate Dean for Community Relations, Ana García Reyes, along with the Division for Institutional Advancement.
For his complete bio and more information about this event, click here.
See the photo album from this event here.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities for nearly half a century. Since 1968, Hostos has been a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs.

Hostos offers 27 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.