Felix V. Matos Rodriguez
Félix V. Matos Rodríguez
|Born||1962 (age 56–57)|
|Education||B.A. cum laude, Latin American studies, Yale, 1984;|
Ph.D., History, Columbia University, 1994
|Occupation||Professor, College President, Commonwealth government administrator|
|Employer||City University of New York|
|Spouse(s)||Dr. Liliana M. Arabía|
|Children||Lucas and Juan Carlos|
|Parent(s)||Félix V. Matos and Marta M. Rodriguez|
Félix V. Matos Rodríguez is a historian, professor, academic administrator, author, and noted Puerto Rican scholar. Matos served as the Secretary of the Department of the Family for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. He currently serves as the 8th Chancellor of the City University of New York, since May 1, 2019. He previously served as President of Queens College, City University of New York from 2014 to 2019.
Félix was born and raised in a middle-class neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico, with his parents, Marta (a high school Spanish teacher) and Félix (an engineer). He grew up with two brothers and grandparents and great grandparents. He graduated from Colegio San Ignacio High School in San Juan and moved to the East Coast to pursue higher education.
He began his college studies in Latin American culture and history at Yale University. He graduated cum laude from Yale and was accepted to Columbia University graduate school, where he earned his doctorate degree in history.
Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez was the President of Queens College, City University of New York from 2014-2019. He served as President of Eugenio María de Hostos Community College - CUNY from 2009-2014.
Matos Rodríguez was Secretary of the Department of the Family for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and a Senior Social Welfare and Health Adviser to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Matos Rodríguez was a Program Officer at the Social Science Research Council in New York City and a faculty member at Northeastern University in Boston. He has taught at Yale University, Boston College, City College (CUNY) and the Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Recinto Metropolitano.
On February 13, 2019 the Board of Trustees voted to appoint Dr. Rodriguez as the chancellor of the City University of New York. Matos became both the first Latino and minority educator to head the University. He assumed the post May 1.
Memberships and associations
Dr. Matos Rodríguez became an Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow in 2015. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Governing Board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and the editorial board of Liberal Education, a publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).
Previous board memberships
Bronx Chamber of Commerce
New York Association of Community College Presidents
American Council on Education
ASPIRA of New York, Inc.
Phipps Community Development Corporation
El Diario/La Prensa
Awards and accolades
2013, Higher Education Leadership Award from the Bronx Chamber of Commerce
2013, Hispanic Heritage Achievement Award from the New York Police Department
2012, Grand Marshall of the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City
2012, Aspira of New York Circle of Achievers Award
2012, TrendSetter Award from Latino Trends Magazine
2011, Effective Leadership Award by the Latino Center on Aging
2011, Academic Leader of the Year Award by the Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives (AHHE)
2009, "Man of the Year" by the New York City League of Puerto Rican
2009, El Diario/La Prensa "EL Award"
2009, Educator of the Year" by the National Dominican Roundtable
2003, Recognition by New York State Senate and Assembly's Puerto Rican/Latino Caucus
2003, Special recognition for Hispanic Heritage Month by New York City Council
2002, Recognition by National Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Matos Rodriguez, Felix (28 July 2013). "$46,432 vs. $372 -- Community Colleges and Philanthropic Support". Huffington Post. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
Matos Rodriguez, Felix (23 June 2013). "Celebrating 45 Years of Hostos Community College". Huffington Post. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
Editor, A Nation of Women, An Early Feminist Speaks Out: Mi opinión sobre las libertades, derechos y deberes de la mujer by Luisa Capetillo (Arte PúblicoPress, 2005)
Co-editor with Gabriel Haslip Viera et al., Boricuas in Gotham: Puerto Ricans in the Making of Modern New York City (Marcus Weiner, 2004)
Eo-editor with Matthew C. Gutmann, Lynn Stephen, and Patricia Zavella, Blackwell Reader on The Americas (Blackwell Publishers, 2003)
Women and Urban Life in Nineteenth-century San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1820-1862 (University Presses of Florida, 1999; Marcus Weiner, 2001)
Co-editor, Puerto Rican Women’s History: New Perspectives (M.E. Sharpe Publishers, 1998)
María de Fátima Barceló-Miller (1998). "Halfhearted Solidarity: Women Workers and the Women's Suffrage Movement in Puerto Rico During the 1920s", in Félix V. Matos Rodríguez ; Linda C. Delgado, Puerto Rican Women's History: New Perspectives, M. E. Sharpe. pp. 127–129, 131 ISBN 978-076-560-246-6
Puerto Rican Women's History: New Perspectives by Félix V. Matos Rodríguez and Linda C. Delgado
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- The City University of New York. "Interim President David Gomez - Trustees - CUNY". cuny.edu.
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- "Office of the President". cuny.edu.
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- "Félix V. Matos Rodríguez bio - Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños". cuny.edu.
- "Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez To Be Named Chancellor Of City University Of New York – CUNY Newswire". Retrieved 2019-02-13.
- "Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, '15". aspeninstitute.org.
- HACU. "Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities - Governing Board". hacu.net.
- "About Liberal Education". Association of American Colleges & Universities.